A pivotal year for religious education

Ofsted has criticised RE teaching in some schools for lacking depth. A new curriculum toolkit is hoping to support schools. Sarah Lane Cawte explains and considers the state of RE today
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This May will see one of the most exciting developments in RE teaching in the last decade.

The Religious Education Council is launching a toolkit for teachers which will include a handbook for curriculum developers, exemplar curriculum frameworks, and a national content standard for RE to help improve the quality of RE across the country. The aim of this is simple: to help teachers to develop a relevant curriculum for their school and local community based on the best RE practice in the country.

What does this best practice look like? It is inspired by the “religion and worldviews” approach to RE. This is a means of placing students at the heart of an academic and personally enriching inquiry into the complexity of modern belief and practice in both Britain and around the globe.

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