Shake-up must look beyond school walls

4th February 2011 at 00:00

Research evidence from the National Association of Teachers of RE is already indicating that the exclusion of RE from the English Baccalaureate subject list is affecting how the subject is being taught at GCSE-level.

In his letter (January 28) Martin Roberts was correct about the statutory nature of RE, but he does not seem to understand how good RE helps children to see the impact of belief systems on the world.

Most of the world's people consider themselves to have a faith, and all of us have beliefs, morals, ethics and philosophies; children are natural enquirers and questioners in these areas. RE in English community schools has developed a tradition, envied across much of Europe, for giving children the tools to become natural philosophers.

Paul Hopkins, Lecturer in religious studies, Hull University; executive officer, European Forum for Teachers of Religious Education.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now