All children need religious lessons

1st October 2004 at 01:00
Your interesting and timely story on religious education (TES, September 17) gave a slightly misleading impression of my comments on the forthcoming national framework for RE.

I do favour a good statutory syllabus, but not because it would mean fewer responsibilities for RE advisers. I lean towards including RE in the national curriculum because it could mean that all pupils in all kinds of school got the broad and balanced RE to which they are surely entitled.

The new national framework should assist in that process, but, as many have pointed out, it will be all too easy for local syllabus- makers to ignore what will only be guidance, and there is no requirement at all for voluntary-aided, faith-based schools or the quasi-independent academies to follow it.

Marilyn Mason Education officer British Humanist Association 1 Gower Street, London WC1

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