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A Celebration and a Conundrum

by Michael Ford last modified 24 Sep, 2014 11:57 AM

Making a difference? A review of Religious Education in Church of England schools.

The review was led by Alan Brine, Ofsted’s national lead for RE. The report found that, in contrast to community schools, good and outstanding RE was found in the majority of CofE Secondary Schools. The fact that this was due mainly to the high quality of subject expertise amongst teachers is the cause for celebration.

However, at Primary level the report reveals that there are similar challenges to those found in community schools and recommends a more robust and challenging approach to teaching Christianity.

This is despite the active support of senior leaders, good curriculum time, good levels of resourcing and a named, often enthusiastic RE coordinator.

"That is the conundrum.," says Derek Holloway, one of the review team.

“This is a significant report for RE in all our Church Schools. Its findings must inform the way in which we support schools in the diocese and will have implications for the SIAMS inspections in the future.”

A full copy of the report can be downloaded here.

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