(Church Times) RE seen as a scary nuisance, Bishop of Oxford complains

The Bishop of Oxford, the Rt Revd John Pritchard, has briefed the Bishops that, despite the Government’s insistence that RE remains a legal requirement, its policies are sending the subject into “a spiral of decline”.

The letter was written last month, shortly after a meeting of Bishop Pritchard, who chairs the C of E’s Board of Education, with the Minister of State for Education, David Laws.

Bishop Pritchard writes: “It’s clear that the Government has no real interest in RE because they see it as a scary nuisance, and its protected status as a guarantee that all is well. It isn’t.” The Bishop writes of the effect of excluding RE from the EBacc core syllabus, and halving the training places for specialist teachers.

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Update: Also, please see Statement from Church of England’s Board of Education on today’s expected announcement of dropping plans for Ebacc.


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