Recruitment campaign aims to boost RE teacher numbers

A severe shortage of religious education teachers will result in pupils being unequipped to understand or challenge the stereotypes that contribute to religious discrimination, supporters of the subject have warned.

The problem has led to a new recruitment drive being launched in a bid to attract career-changers and graduates to train as RE teachers.

The on-going teacher recruitment crisis has seen the government fail to hit its secondary recruitment targets for five years running now.

RE has been consistently among those subjects hit hard, especially after the subject was left out of the humanities bracket within the English Baccalaureate measure.

Earlier this month, the Religious Education Council of England and Wales (REC) warned that applications for RE teacher training places are now down by around 38 per cent year-on-year. Just 63 per cent of the government target was reached in 2017 (405 teachers being recruited against the target of 643).

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