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Gove says religious studies has suffered

December 7, 2013

Education Secretary Michael Gove has told religious leaders Religious Education has “suffered” in England’s schools amid government changes. He said he had thought that because schools have to provide RE lessons, the subject was “protected”. Church leaders and RE teachers have complained that the subject is being sidelined and that fewer people are taking it for GCSE. Mr Gove said he wanted to work with faith groups to improve RE teaching. Speaking at a Church of England seminar on Wednesday,...

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Over half of schools failing in religious studies

October 15, 2013

More than half of England’s schools are failing pupils on religious education, the schools watchdog Ofsted has said. Its report accuses schools and the government of failing to focus effectively on the subject. It adds that six in 10 schools are not “realising the subject’s full potential” in an increasingly globalised and multicultural century. The Religious Education Council for England and Wales called the findings disappointing but not surprising. The report highlights low standards, weak teaching, weak examination provision and...

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