Political ministers like to regard themselves as radical policy-makers but have adopted a pragmatic, conservative approach. In effect, the review group proposals give even more flexibility to headteachers and many will want little to do with an initiative that smacks of imposed religion.
The crux is time for collective contemplation, often in smaller groups, and that can be established in many settings, as the review group makes clear.
It is not necessarily religious, and neither is it observance. Directors were quite right and may yet have their say.