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Nick Gibb accepts REC's proposal for RE

Posted by: Rosemary, 30 March 2012

Minister of State for Schools, Nick Gibb, has asked the Religious Education Council for England and Wales (REC) to consider excellent practice in RE teaching and present its findings in a report.  The report will consider the views of teachers, academics and faith and belief organisations. The minister has also offered support to help shape a revised RE teaching framework that ensures RE retains its academic rigour and is in step with the design and style of a National Curriculum.

NATRE welcomes the news that the Minister of State for Schools, Nick Gibb, has accepted the RE Council’s proposal to develop a clear framework for RE provision in state funded schools and academies. This is a welcome indication of the government’s support for RE, which offers promise of the practical help for the subject which NATRE has been calling for over many months. It remains to be seen whether this promise is fulfilled by the government providing funding for the RE review in the same way as it has for the review of the National Curriculum. This is especially important to make good on the Secretary of State’s so far unfulfilled commitment to include RE in the curriculum review.

The impact of being left out of the EBacc hit many RE departments hard and morale across the profession has slumped. The Minister for Schools recently said that RE ‘is a very important part of the curriculum as it provides a rigorous subject … We want a broad and balanced curriculum taught in our schools, including not only a humanities subject, such as history and geography, but RE’, and this offers perhaps a glimmer of hope that RE might at last be brought in from the margins of government policy and recognised as crucial to its ambitions for education and for inclusive communities. As the subject association for RE teachers, NATRE is committed to playing a central part in both the review and the report. 

For further information:
Ed Pawson, Chair, NATRE
Tel: 0121 430 2959; Email: chair@natre.org.uk
Rosemary Rivett, Executive Officer NATRE,
Tel: 0121 430 2959; Email: exec@natre.org.uk

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