GCSE entries to subjects outside the Government’s EBacc school performance measure slide The number of entries from students in England taking GCSEs in subjects that are not included in the EBacc – the school performance measure introduced in 2010 by then-Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove, in one year has fallen by 11.1% from 2017 … Read more
Concerns cited by the Religious Education Council and NATRE over the effects this will have on society in modern Britain At a time when Religious Education is more important than ever, with the need for community integration in our diverse society, it is concerning to see a significant drop in the number of young people taking … Read more
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.