Mon 06th Feb 2017

Commission on RE Evidence Gathering Session

The Commission on Religious Education has been established to review the legal, education and policy frameworks for Religious Education, by a wide-ranging, inclusive and evidence-based process designed to inform policy makers about these areas.  The ultimate aim will be to improve the quality and rigour of religious education and its capacity to prepare pupils for life in modern Britain.

The Commissioners are keen to consult widely before drawing any conclusion.  There will therefore be a number of sessions where Commissioners hope to hear from those with an interest in RE.  The first evidence gathering session will be on Thursday 23 February 2017 at Grey Coats Hospital School in Westminster.  The aim of the meeting is to give people an opportunity to make their views known on Religious Education in schools and colleges for young people up to the age of nineteen. The meeting will be at the school’s St Andrew’s Building, Greycoat Place, Westminster, London SW1P 2DY.  The nearest tubes are St James’s Park and Victoria. 

Other meetings will be held in a range of different venues across the country.

The Hall at Grey Coats School will be open from 1.30 pm.  The first session will run from 2.00 to 4.00 when invited guests will give presentations to a panel of Commissioners. The second session is from 4.00 to 6.00 when members of the public can give five minute presentations to the panel of three or four commissioners.  Spaces on this will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, as places are limited. If you wish to make a presentation in this second session, please apply to Jon Reynolds at evidence@commissiononre.org.uk.

We hope that you will illustrate your responses with reference to your own work, observations and experiences over the years, and to the work, observations and experiences of any organisations of which you are a member.

You are welcome to write to the Commission, either before the day or after the day. It would be helpful to have a copy of your notes or presentation. The postal address for correspondence is: Commission on Religious Education, c/o Religious Education Council of England and Wales, CAN Mezzanine, 49-51 East Road, London N1 6AH or you can contact us via email.

We would remind you of the remit from the terms of reference for the Commission:

  • To consider the nature, purposes, and scope of religious education.
  • To identify the enabling factors that currently promote high quality RE, and the barriers that currently limit it.
  • To identify what changes are needed to ensure the highest quality provision of RE. 
  • To ensure that recommendations focus on realistic and specific proposals aimed at both immediate and long-term implementation in the context of continuing educational reform.

You may also wish to consider the following questions from our Call for Evidence:

  1. What should be included in the scope and content of RE?
  2. What changes (if any) should there be to the current legal framework for RE?
  3. Should there be a common baseline entitlement for RE which applies to all types of school?
  4. How should the development of RE standards, curricula, or syllabuses be best organised?
  5. Are there changes to primary and secondary teacher education that could improve the delivery of high quality RE?
  6. What factors lead to high quality learning and teaching in RE, and what are the main obstacles to this?

You are at complete liberty to address only those issues above which most concern you or in which you have expertise.  You are equally at liberty to address an issue not mentioned above.

Please refer to the Commission website before planning any presentation.

Please email Jon Reynolds, Project Manager for the Commission on RE, at evidence@commissiononre.org.uk if you wish to give evidence or attend the session as an observer, to give us an idea of numbers and for security reasons.