MPs hear about RE Quality Mark and Young Ambassadors

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The campaign to ensure religious education is not downgraded in schools saw 28 students visit the House of Commons this week to speak with MPs.

The students came from seven schools and were invited by the All Party Parliamentary Group on RE (APPG) to update MPs and Peers about two new initiatives working to promote RE.

The RE Quality Mark is a new accreditation supported and monitored by the Religious Education Council for England and Wales to recognise quality RE in schools.

Meanwhile, the RE Young Ambassadors programme is a new initiative that is bringing together young people from different secondary schools who are volunteering their time to champion the subject.

RE provision has suffered in schools after the subject was not included within the humanities category of the government’s English Baccalaureate league table measure. In March, a report from the APPG found that more than half of those teaching RE in secondary schools had no qualification or relevant expertise.

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