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The key outcomes of the 2014 A level results in England for Religious Education are as follows:
The contextual evidence highlights the status of RS as a subject for Higher Education entry:
Comment from Ed Pawson, Chair, National Association of Teachers of RE (NATRE)
“These results are extremely encouraging. They show that schools and students value Religious Education as a key subject that provides great preparation for Higher Education.
A level RS is certainly not an easy option. As the research from Durham University proves, it is more challenging than some of the so-called ‘facilitating’ subjects, and universities are recognising this fact.
I am delighted to see that so many students, parents and teachers are seeing through the politically-motivated rhetoric, which – in an attempt to favour EBacc subjects – has distorted the true message of the Russell Group’s ‘Informed Choices’ advice.”
Comment from John Keast, Chair, Religious Education Council of England and Wales (REC):
“RS A level provides an excellent foundation for a range of careers – from medicine to public service to business. Imagine how better prepared a doctor or business professional is if they understand the culture and customs of the individuals they are treating or dealing with. Or how a broad and deep knowledge of different world faiths and beliefs can help young people truly understand the context of events in the Middle East.
As our world becomes increasingly interdependent and we interact with more diverse groups day to day, RE is becoming ever more relevant. It is a shame that while students, universities and employers clearly recognise this fact, the number of teachers being trained to teach RE is falling. Let’s hope that the new Secretary of State addresses this as a matter of urgency.”
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GCE A level results of A level candidates in England.
Source: Higher Education Funding Council for England (updated by NATRE, August 14, 2014)
NATRE is the subject teacher association for RE professionals in primary and secondary schools and higher education, providing a representative voice at national level and publications and courses to promote professional development. NATRE’s Executive consists of a majority of serving teachers from primary and secondary schools who are elected for a three-year term of service.
Established in 1973, the Religious Education Council of England and Wales (REC) brings together over 60 national organisations. These comprise academic and professional associations specialising in religions and religious education, as well as individual religions and belief organisations inclusive of the range of faith communities found nationally, including the British Humanist Association.
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