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Colin Bloom was appointed as the Faith Engagement Adviser at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) in October. He is leading a review into how best the government should engage with faith groups in England.
Colin has launched an open consultation to collect views that will underpin a Faith Engagement Review. As part of his review he will make recommendations to the Communities Secretary.
According to the MHCLG “The call for evidence will pose a series of questions around how those of all faiths, or none, perceive the government’s engagement with faith organisations.”
There is a specific question in the consultation about Religious Education:
Q41: Do you believe that Religious and Belief Education (often referred to as “RE”) is comprehensive enough within the English education curriculum to provide a good understanding of different faiths and beliefs?
Yes / No / Prefer not to say
Q42: Please expand
If we want the government to address the issues affecting Religious Education that are comprehensively set out and evidenced by the report from the Commission on RE, I think we need as many individuals as possible to respond to this survey explaining:
(c) What you believe needs to be done to re-establish Religious Education in the curriculum
And a direct link to the consultation questionnaire is:
You do not need to answer every question in the survey.
Deborah Weston OBE
REC Trustee and Company Secretary
*School workforce data published by the DfE in July 2020