Accord welcomes proposal to broaden scope of Religious Education GCSEs

September 26, 2014

The Accord Coalition has backed a proposal revealed in the Mail on Sunday from Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, to ensure that Religious Education GCSE courses in England cover at least two religions. Currently faith schools can enter their pupils for RE GCSEs that only cover the faith or denomination of the school.

Chair of the Accord Coalition for Inclusive Education, Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain, said ‘The more children understand traditions apart from their own, the more they will be able to integrate into British society. Muslim and Jewish pupils, for instance, should know about Christianity – they do not have to believe in it, but they should be familiar with its teachings and the way it has helped shape modern Britain. It is a matter of improving both general knowledge and social cohesion.

‘Ideally, British pupils should be conversant with all the major belief systems in Britain today, and we wish the Government to go further and add Religious Education (RE) to a nationally prescribed curriculum. The National Framework for RE released by the RE Council of England and Wales last year provides a popular and widely accepted template. However, this is a good first step in widening pupils’ horizons.’

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