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Arrangements for the reform of GCSE criteria for RS have been announced; it is intended that the new exams will be available for teaching from September 2016.
The REC’s Qualifications Committee was established in March 2014, chaired by Deborah Weston, to build on the work of the REC’s former Curriculum, Assessment and Qualifications Committee – which conducted the RE Review in 2013.
The Committee is working in partnership with the awarding organisations, Ofqual and DfE, and with REC reference group members, to deliver the reforms.
On Wednesday, 9th April 2014, DfE confirmed that plans were in place to reform the GCSE and GCE criteria for a number of non-EBacc subjects, including RS, in time for first teaching in September 2016. This announcement represented a significant positive step forward in policy terms since it brought RS into line with the plans for non-core EBacc subjects such as History and Geography which would also be introduced in 2016. See the press release here.
The Qualifications Committee has the following terms of reference:
A Reference Group was also set up in March 2014 to provide opportunities for consultation with representatives of religions and belief in relation to qualifications.
The following organisations are members of the RE Council; many already have public examination papers relating to their traditions whilst others may look to develop these in the future. All have been invited to take part in the Reference Group to contribute to the task of reform of subject criteria.
|1. Al-Khoei Foundation|
|2. Avanti Schools Trust|
|3. Board of Deputies of British Jews|
|4. British Humanist Association|
|5. Buddhist Society|
|6. Cambridge Muslim College|
|7. Catholic Association of Teachers, Schools and Colleges|
|8. Catholic Education Service for England and Wales|
|9. Church in Wales Division for Education|
|10. Church of England, Board of Education|
|11. Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints|
|12. Clear Vision Trust (Buddhist)|
|13. Council of African and Afro-Caribbean Churches|
|14. Eastern Orthodox Deanery of Great Britain and Ireland (Patriarchate of Constantinople)|
|15. Free Church Education Committee|
|16. Hindu Council (UK)|
|17. Hindu Forum of Britain|
|18. Institute of Jainology|
|19. ISKCON Educational Services|
|20. Islamic Academy|
|21. Methodist Church|
|22. Muslim Council of Britain|
|23. National Council of Hindu Temples (UK)|
|24. National Society (Church of England) for Promoting Religious Education|
|25. National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the United Kingdom|
|26. Network of Buddhist Organisations (UK)|
|27. Network of Sikh Organisations|
|28. Oxford Foundation|
|29. Pagan Federation|
|30. Roman Catholic National Board of RE Inspectors and Advisers|
|31. United Sikhs|
|32. Zoroastrian Trust Funds of Europe|