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‘Disappointed’ campaigners urge Welsh schools to offer the full range of examinations in religious studies

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Every secondary school in Wales is being urged to offer religious studies qualifications to its students.

The call has been made by The Union of Welsh Independents’ Council (UWIC), which represents more than 400 churches across the country.

Union leaders said at a time “when religious issues dominate the news headlines”, it is disappointing that not every pupil has the chance to study the subject.

In Wales, as in England, religious education is not part of the national curriculum, but is part of the basic curriculum for all registered pupils and is a statutory entitlement for pupils who are aged five to 19.

The religious education and collective worship that takes place in maintained schools in Wales is decided by each local education authority (through its SACRE – Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education).

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