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Campaign update – May 2013
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GCSE confidence

OfQual has revealed that 8 in 10 head teachers have less confidence in GCSEs than at the same point in 2012.

Exam time!

Thanks for all the hard work that has taken place in schools throughout the year – good luck to all teachers and students in exams this summer! Whether there will be a decline in RS subject entries this summer as a result of the EBacc remains a key indicator of how well RE is surviving this development.

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Government stats highlight lack of qualified RE teachers

The Department for Education’s School Workforce Census has highlighted the lack of relevant qualifications among those teaching RE in our schools.

The statistics, published at the end of April, reinforced the findings of the first inquiry held by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Religious Education which found that over fifty per cent of those teaching RE in secondary schools have no qualification or relevant expertise in the subject.

The DfE's study echoed the APPG research, revealing that over 4 in 10 of those teaching RE had no relevant post A-level qualification, compared to Maths (23%); Chemistry (24%); French (25%), History (27%) and Geography (32%).
RE might have statutory status but this does not make it different. Just like other subjects, RE needs properly trained and qualified teachers and we are working hard to get this message heard.

The DfE workforce survey can be found here. The APPG report 'RE: the truth unmasked' can be found here.

Parliamentary support

Members of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Religious Education met representatives of key national RE organisations to discuss their report after it had been delivered to the Department for Education. APPG chair, Stephen Lloyd MP, hosted the event and reiterated the importance of safeguarding the future of RE.

Jim Dobbin MP, the Bishop of Oxford, the Bishop of Coventry, Mike Crockart MP, Sir Peter Bottomley MP, Sir Bob Russell MP, and Sir Tony Cunningham MP were all there to give welcome support to our campaign.

The ReThinkRE campaign team
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