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Robert Halfon MP asked a series of questions to Ofsted Chair; Dame Caroline Ryan about RE during an Education Select Committee meeting.
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 REC submitted a response to the Initial Teacher Training Market Review. The main focus of the response was the omission of RE from the subjects listed for inclusion in the primary curriculum, issues about subject knowledge and the importance of mentors having specialist expertise in the trainee subject.
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.