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Young People Give Thumbs Up to RE Print E-mail
Dec 13, 2010 at 03:29 PM

New research among young people, including school leavers and those in full time education, indicates that Religious Education (RE) is a valued subject that leaves a lasting impression on those who study it.  This timely research comes as the government sets out its Schools White Paper, calling for a return to traditional humanities-based subjects.

Ofsted Report: Transforming RE Print E-mail
Jun 07, 2010 at 11:40 AM

The Ofsted Long Report on Transforming Religious Education

Member bodies of the RE Council will find that this latest Ofsted report  reflects many of their concerns about RE. It captures the quality and popularity of good primary and secondary RE provision where it exists. It also draws attention to the continuing variability in both the quantity and quality of that provision, diagnosing very clearly how it could be improved. It is particularly disappointing that it reports a deterioration in secondary RE in the schools inspected since 2006, most especially at Key Stage 3.


Press Release 29 January 2010 Print E-mail
Jan 29, 2010 at 03:54 PM

“Today is significant for all who care about the matter of beliefs and values in the nation’s life. Religious Education, the designated curriculum area with this focus in primary and secondary schools, is being strongly affirmed in three complementary ways: new government guidance on RE, research on teaching related teaching resources, and a statement by the schools minister. 

There is much here that warrants welcome across the entire RE community:

  • from across the Christian churches
  • from the range of other faith communities, and the traditions behind them, that enrich this country
  • from those who affirm a common humanity, but not religious beliefs
  • from those who teach and learn in schools, advisers and inspectors, teacher educators and trainers, and their specialist associations.

The challenge is highlighted of how to guarantee that the classroom experience of RE is of high quality for each child and young person in every school and academy.”    

Brian Gates
Chair, Religious Education Council of England and Wales

New Guidance for Religious Education

The final version of government guidance on RE in schools and academies is now available. It has been developed in partnership between the DCSF and member organisations of the RE Council.

New Religious Education Primary programme of Learning  

RE is expressly identied as a distinct area of learning with the new primary curriculum programme as published by the QCDA
http://curriculum.qcda.gov.uk/new-primary-curriculum/areas-of- learning/religious-education/index.aspx

Research Report on Resources for Teaching RE

This research by the Warwick Religions and Education Research Unit was commissioned by the DCSF as a key component of the RE Council's RE Action Plan

Letter from Schools Minister

Diana Johnson has set out her public appreciation of the important of  religious Education as a fundamental component in the primary and secondary curriculum and her encouragement that the partnership  between the DCSF and the RE Council should continue to pursue its strategic efforts to strengthen the quality of RE
Letter from Diana Johnson MP     


Improving Religious Education Print E-mail
Jan 29, 2008 at 12:00 AM


The Religious Education Council of England and Wales (the REC) welcomes the personal and official recognition by the Minister for Schools of the importance of religious education (RE), and of its popularity and effectiveness when well taught. The REC regards the steps he recently announced as a very positive preliminary response to its call for a National Strategy for RE, submitted jointly by the RE professional associations and faith communities nine months ago. 

Ofsted: Making Sense of Religion Print E-mail
Jun 18, 2007 at 12:00 AM



This Ofsted Report, "Making Sense of Religion", is likely to be welcomed by most of the fifty member organisations which make up the RE Council of England and Wales. It is possible to say this since it is largely in line with two documents which the REC itself published on May 2nd. One was the Report of the RE Teaching Commission which collates evidence on the quality and quantity of RE provision from other sources as well as Ofsted. The other, building on the Commission Report, was a proposal for a National Strategy for RE in England expressly designed to tackle any current deficiencies. Access to both is available via the RE Council’s website: www.religiouseducationcouncil.org

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