The number of pupils taking GCSE Religious Studies in England and Wales has fallen slightly in 2021, despite previously remaining stable since 2017. To safeguard the subject, the Religious Education Council of England and Wales and the National Association of Teachers of RE are calling for a National Plan, as recommended by the Commission on RE in 2018, to be funded by Government.
The number of Religious Studies A-level exam entries has increased 6.1 percent year on year. The subject outperformed other A-level subjects as a whole, which increased by 5.1 percent, with a greater increase than most other humanities subjects.
The recent discussions, including virtual gatherings, exploring a shift to a worldviews paradigm therefore demonstrate to me that the community is very much alive and flourishing. We all have questions, and this is healthy.
The timing of the Ofsted report on Religious Education sends a powerful message to all those with an interest in the status of RE. As only the second subject review after science and the first Arts and Humanities subject in the schedule, it is a clear indication of the importance of Religious Education as a discrete subject, and the need for a broad and balanced curriculum.
Templeton World Charity Foundation Inc. has awarded funding to the Religious Education Council of England and Wales (REC) to work with RE Today Services to take the vision of worldviews in RE a step closer to the classroom
Last night the REC was delighted to host over 60 participants in a fascinating and lively panel discussion as part of our Worldviews series of events.