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Publishers, editors, authors –
are you sure that when your publications deal with religion, they..

  • are factually correct?
  • are sensitive and will not cause offence to readers?
  • convey a fair and balanced view of religious traditions?
  • carry an authentic voice?

We do not underestimate the difficulties of writing about religion. The subject matter is complex, dynamic and sensitive, far from easy to convey in the concise and straightforward way required in some school resources. In Religious Education, there is a wide variety of locally agreed syllabuses, and different kinds of  school approach the subject differently, but there is a shared concern that resources should be lively and accurate.

The Religious Education Council therefore offers the following guidance in order to:

  • assist in the provision of well resourced, good quality Religious Education.
  • facilitate the accurate presentation of beliefs and practices in textbooks and other resources for primary and secondary schools, and across the curriculum in subjects such as Citizenship, Sociology, PSHE, Geography, and History.
  • foster better understanding of religious beliefs and practices.
  • encourage adequate research and fact-checking.
  • help authors navigate the complexities of the subject and avoid misrepresentation and offence.

What is the Religious Education Council of England and Wales?

The REC represents the collective interests of a wide variety of professional associations and faith communities with an interest in deepening and strengthening provision for RE.
Contact the Religious Education Council , c/o CAN 1 London Bridge, London SE1 9BG

Publishers and editors – please feel free to photocopy this advice and distribute it to staff and authors who may find it useful. Further printed copies can be obtained by contacting . The guidance can also be downloaded from www.religiouseducationcouncil.org

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