We are delighted that the Government has decided to abandon plans to replace GCSEs with the English Baccalaureate Certificate (EBC).

We have made it clear for a long time that to focus on five core subjects will restrict vital subjects such as RE.

We also welcome the announcement that the EBacc as a school performance measure will be reviewed. We would like to see a more rounded reflection of school performance that takes into account students’ broader interests – and one that encourages schools to deliver a more enriched education for young people.

Our goal is to ensure every young person in every school gets access to good quality RE – this announcement on the EBC is a positive step in the right direction.