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Pupils will fail to filter out the stereotypes that contribute to religious discrimination while a shortage of RE teachers remains, says the Religious Education Council of England and Wales (REC). The charity, which believes that high quality specialist teaching about all faiths, beliefs and worldviews is essential for all school children, is leading a consortium to relaunch the Beyond the Ordinary campaign, designed to attract career changers and graduates to train as RE teachers.
The REC is responding to a shortage of qualified RE teachers in schools and a need for greater incentives to attract new recruits:
School statistics show a generation keen to learn about the differences between faiths, beliefs and cultures in society. Over 60% of all 16-year olds take RE at GCSE and A level entries have more than doubled in the last 15 years.