The value of religious education: Are we listening?

The public value the importance of religious education but we need a funded National Plan for this vital subject, says Dr Kathryn Wright

Nearly two-thirds (64 per cent) of the UK adult population think that religious education (RE) is an important part of the school curriculum, research published earlier this year revealed.

Furthermore, 65 per cent of 2,000 respondents agreed that the subject has an impact on people’s ability to understand each other in wider society. The survey also found that 71 per cent agreed that the subject should reflect the diversity of backgrounds and beliefs in the UK today.

As chief executive of the education charity Culham St Gabriel’s Trust, I commissioned this survey (CSGT, 2021) to help myself and my trustees better understand public opinion.

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