On 27 January, Stephen Lloyd, chair of the APPG on RE hosted an event at 1 Parliament Street, during which MPs had the opportunity to publicise their support for RE. During this time, MPs pledged to support good quality RE for pupils in all schools, academies and colleges.
Representing young people’s voices at the event was the Young Ambassadors for RE team from St Bede’s School in Cambridge. This group of students have been active champions of RE within and beyond their school, and spoke passionately about their beliefs that RE is an important subject for young people to learn. Their own MP for Cambridge, Julian Huppert, also paid a visit and spoke with the students about the importance of RE which is inclusive and representative of everyone in the classroom.
Also present was one of the RE Council’s patrons, comedian and actor Sara Pascoe, who felt that the breadth of RE in the UK was of huge significance and gave students the important opportunity to learn about others’ beliefs, values, faiths and worldviews.
27th January also marked Holocaust Memorial Day, and the event included a small display about the day, and informational leaflets for MPs to take, in order to honour and remember all those who had died or suffered in the Holocaust and in other genocides across the world.