The Religious Education Council (REC) has appointed Kishan Devani FRSA to undertake ambassadorial work on its behalf. Kishan will be working with faith and belief communities, and with politicians, to increase their awareness of and support for the REC’s work. Kishan is a politician, consultant, and former head of religious studies at a school in … Read more
Joint RE Council and National Association of Teachers of RE Statement: On 30th May Ofqual published provisional figures for entries in public examinations in Summer 2018. These figures indicate a decline between 2017 and 2018 in entries for the GCSE Religious Studies full course of 37,500 to 260,300 (down 10.5%) along with a decline of … Read more
New guidance in Wales has clarified the position of non-religious people sitting on SACREs in Wales. Kirsty Williams AM, the Cabinet Secretary for Education in Wales, in a letter states “representatives from non-religious belief systems may be appointed to Group A of a SACRE or ASC, to ensure that SACREs/ASCs fully reflect the beliefs of … Read more
The REC is responding to a shortage of qualified RE teachers in schools and a need for greater incentives to attract new recruits.
New analysis of the Government’s School Workforce Census reveals that more than one in four (28%) state secondary schools are struggling to meet their legal obligation to teach pupils about major religions and systems of belief, depriving teenagers of vital knowledge about different faiths and beliefs in community, public and world affairs. All state-funded schools, including … Read more
Falling numbers of Religious Studies GCSE entries suggests schools are struggling to meet their legal obligations. The number of pupils in England and Wales taking GCSE Religious Studies full course has fallen for the first time in more than a decade, down 4.6% against 2016 to 269,839. In addition, the number of pupils in England … Read more