After 18-month subject review, new curriculum framework aims to raise the status of RE

Languages and humanities
New guidelines aimed at reversing the decline in religious education provision in schools have been published.

The National Curriculum Framework for RE has been produced by the Religious Education Council for England and Wales (REC) and is intended as a replacement for subject guidance last issued in 2004.

The framework has been created after an 18-month subject review led by the REC involving professional associations and faith and belief groups.

While the review has received the support of education secretary Michael Gove, who writes the foreword to the 72-page document, the REC is now calling on the Department for Education to provide a plan to support its recommendations.

While RE remains a statutory requirement for schools, provision has been hit in recent years because of the introduction of the English Baccalaureate league table measure, which does not include the subject within its humanities bracket, and the removal of short course GCSEs from headline measures of school performance.

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