- Commission on Religion and Belief in Public life recognizes the “vital” role of religious education
- Major report highlights wide support for Religious Education in schools
- Court ruling over exclusion of non-religious worldviews in GCSE Religious Studies
- Full course GCSE Religious Studies entries rise, but number of schools with no RS students at all is increasing
- Entries for Religious Studies A level rising faster than for any other arts, humanity or social science
Wed 25th Nov 2015
Court ruling over exclusion of non-religious worldviews in GCSE Religious Studies
The High Court today gave a ruling on the case brought by three families against the Secretary of State for Education regarding the exclusion of non-religious worldviews from the GCSE RS exam criteria. The families were supported by the British Humanist Association.
Rudolf Eliott Lockhart, Chief Executive Officer of the Religious Education Council, has commented:
We have consistently maintained that good quality RE should recognise the importance and relevance of non-religious worldviews. Including them makes the subject richer, more stimulating, more open, and potentially more rigorous.
The experience of teachers also leads us to say that young people value the opportunity to learn about the diversity of worldviews in our society today, regardless of whether these perspectives are religious or non-religious.
We fully support the Court’s ruling and look forward to working with the Department for Education and others to help ensure that the RE curriculum reflects an appropriate range of faiths and beliefs and better prepares young people for life in modern Britain.