RE is not the same as worship

14th May 2004 at 01:00
In David Bell's article (TES, April 23) unnecessary and ill-informed references are made to religious education and the new non-statutory national framework, none of which has any significant relationship to collective worship.

Why is it so difficult to understand the difference between a curriculum subject (RE) and an activity (collective worship) which is outside the curriculum?

Is this yet another opportunity to fuel a potential controversy like the so-called row about whether pupils should be taught about atheism in RE lessons?

This row manufactured by the media in February, was based on inaccurate assumptions. The framework has not been substantially rewritten but has simply been through a process of drafting and consultation. It is now in the public domain.

Collective worship is another matter altogether and needs to be the subject of informed debate.

Julie Grove Chair, Association of RE inspectors, advisers and consultants 39 Swarthmore Road, Birmingham

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