Religious Education Council of England and Wales Religious Education Council of England and Wales site syndication 2013-03-11T00:04:05+01:00 text/html Naomi Dalton RE Council Newsletter March 2013 If RE were a person, it could be forgiven for feeling a little confused at the moment. Having been left out of the EBacc, it now finds itself on a slightly firmer footing but still not sure whether it's really going to make the team. All sorts of people claim to value its contribution to society and say they're committed to its long term health, but it might wonder how many are actually prepared to take action to secure its future. Reading this month's newsletter might offer it some reassurance. Although the position is still precarious, there is plenty of evidence that many groups of people are willing to act creatively and energetically in RE's best interests. In times of confusion it helps to know who your friends are. text/html Naomi Dalton REC Sponsored Walk Newsletter - February 2013 The newest issue of the RE Council's Sponsored Walk Newsletter is now available to download here ( see more information about the sponsored walk, head to the Sponsored Walk ( section of the website. text/html Naomi Dalton Clarification from the DfE on new accountability measures Contrary to what was said in the latest issue of The Tablet, a Department of Education spokeswoman has confirmed to the RE Council that GCSE Religious Studies can count as one of the last group of three subjects in the new Performance Eight measure to be introduced by the government as part of its new school accountability arrangements. She also confirmed that GCSE RS has, nevertheless, not been added to the English Baccalaureate. text/html Naomi Dalton Michael Gove and Religious Education: The Good, Bad and the Ugly Comments on Michael Gove’s statement in the House of Commons and DfE publication of new arrangements for the national curriculum, GCSEs and school accountability on 7 February 2013 from the Chair of the RE Council text/html Naomi Dalton Good news about support for PGCE trainees in RE The Culham St Gabriel's Trust has issued a press statement giving details of support available through Church College Trusts for people wishing to train as teachers of RE. This is a welcome and much needed response to the withdrawal by the government of training bursaries for PGCE RE trainees. The press statement with a link to the CSTG website and further details is available here (content/view/302/112/).