Losing your religion? The implications of the census for RE

The recent national census results reveal a sharp rise in the number of people who have no religion. This reaffirms the importance of a new vision for religious education in schools, says Bushra Nasir

Have you ever been asked about the meaning of life in the classroom? What about the origins of the universe or beliefs about what happens when we die?

If you have then you have the same experience as the more than 7 in 10 parents who talk about these topics at home with their child, this according to a survey by Culham St Gabriel’s Trust (2022).

It is unsurprising that a majority of parents in the survey saw value in the religious and worldviews approach to religious education.

You will have all seen the headlines from the census telling us that less than half the population now identify as Christian and that the number of people saying they have no religion has trebled in the last 20 years (ONS, 2022).

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