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Policy changes ‘undermining’ religious education


ISSUE 1 Nov. 2012
- Religious education has been an integral feature of the country’s educational fabric ever since the foundations of universal education started to be laid in the 19th century. However that provision is now in peril. Education Secretary Michael Gove’s rapidly implemented plans to shake up the educational system appear to be shaking out RE. The government’s decision to exclude RE from the English Baccalaureate 1 (EBacc) a new system for comparing the performance of different schools which recognises achievement in English, Mathematics, Science, a foreign language and ‘a Humanities subject’ has led to a drop in the overall number of pupils studying RE at GCSE level as schools shift pupils towards Baccalaureate subjects in order to climb official league tables. Being left out of the EBacc is already having devastating consequences on RE schools.
by Aliya Azam ... read more