A response to the Commission on RE

Mr Shepstone's Blog

So, after 2 years of work, the Commission on RE have published their final report and a series of recommendations. I am sure that a lot of time, effort and hard work went into this report and those involved should be thanked for their commitment to RE. Having read the report and considered the recommendations, I thought I would summarise my thoughts here (thanks to Chris Giles for encouraging me to do so, my tl;dr version was ‘it’s a missed opportunity and some of the suggestions are just distracting from the real issues’).

Firstly, there are many recommendations which I feel are a positive for the RE community. Recommendations 3&4, which seek to establish a national ‘entitlement’ and eliminate the need for SACREs to be involved in curriculum development would be a huge step forward. It would allow for consistency of content across the country (with some regional variations where…

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