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Campaign update – March 2013
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RE teachers lack training and support, say MPs

A report by the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Religious Education (RE) has found that RE lessons are frequently taught by teachers with no qualifications in the subject. Furthermore the responsibility to educate young people on the different beliefs and values held in society is often given to teaching assistants, who receive little support, training or guidance.  

A three month long inquiry by the APPG found that:

  • Over fifty per cent of those teaching RE in secondary schools have no qualification or relevant expertise in the subject
  • In over half of the 300 primary schools that participated in the inquiry, some or all of the pupils were taught RE by someone other than their class teacher
  • A quarter of all primary schools that responded said the lesson was given by a teaching assistant
  • Primary and primary trainee teachers lack confidence and expertise in teaching RE, especially in diverse and multi-cultural classrooms
  • Support for RE teachers at a local level has been dramatically reduced by local authority funding cuts and the academies programme
  • Bursaries for RE trainees have been removed and there has been a radical reduction in applicant numbers for 2013/14
  • Because of this lack of training and support many of those teaching RE are unable to meet the Department for Education’s Teaching Standards, selling young people short in their schools.


Download the full report 'RE: the truth unmasked' here.

Driving the message home 

The launch of the report was widely covered by the media including The Sunday Telegraph, The Telegraph, The Times, and The Independent and a copy was delivered to the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, on March 18th. 

The ReThinkRE campaign team
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