Interim report from the Commission on RE (CORE)

Posted by: Marketing Team, 21 September 2017

NATRE are pleased to note that CORE has produced a substantial Interim Report of their work. This uses much evidence from the State of the Nation report, published by the National Association of Teachers of RE (NATRE), the Religious Education Council and RE Today on 18 September. The report shows that the commission share NATRE’s concern over the number of state secondary schools struggling to meet their legal requirement to deliver RE.  NATRE and the REC are calling for the Government to make a clear public statement that it is not acceptable for a school to provide no RE and to review how provision is benchmarked.

We are pleased that the commission has called for more evidence and comment as a result of this report. We would like to encourage all our members to send comments and further evidence to CORE. The report notes that the commission need more evidence on RE in primary schools and we hope that our members will be able to engage with the commission on this. One of the commissioners will be taking part in our #REchatUK on Monday 6 November 8-9pm.

Daniel Hugill, Chair, NATRE comments:

‘NATRE welcome the publication of the Interim Report ‘Religious Education for All’ from the Commission on Religious Education. We are pleased that the Commission has made clear recommendations and that further consultation will follow. We would encourage all teachers of RE to engage with the report and respond to the consultation. NATRE will be working hard to assist NATRE affiliated local groups to discuss and respond to the Interim Report.

We are especially pleased to see the Interim Report reflecting NATRE’s own concerns over training, provision, and the effects of school accountability measures. These are all areas where NATRE have long campaigned and were reflected in the joint NATRE and RE Council report ‘State of the Nation’ published just last week.’

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