This project aims to educate people outside the classroom about the importance of teaching Religion and Worldviews inside the classroom and is funded by Culham St Gabriel's Trust.
The full report is available here.
This report provides an overview of the existing reports relative to both Religious Education (RE) and to the perception of religion in public life more generally. Whilst the focus is on policy reports and those written by think tanks and RE professional organisations, mention will also be made of relevant academic work and of policy developments. The focus of the report is on England only.
The baseline reports in general focus on the period 2015-2020 as a manageable five-year period for data collection, and with 2015 significant as the year in which three influential reports were published (see below). However, this context-setting report will also reference relevant pre-2015 reports and policy developments.
The analysis is organised around three chronological periods:
1) Reports written before 2015 which point towards a growing crisis in RE
2) Reports written in the period 2015-2018 which call for significant changes in RE
3) The Report of the Commission on RE (CoRE) in 2018 and subsequent reports which focus on the implementation of its recommendations, including the new vision of Religion and Worldviews (RW).
and the final section of the report is
4) a focusing on reports during this period regarding RE/RS (Religious Studies) at the university level, including British Academy reports on Arts, Humanities and Social Science students, and on the status of TRS (Theology and Religious Studies), as well as reactions to these reports.
Aims of the Project:
This project spreads awareness of the importance of studying Religion and Worldviews in schools. It aims to include parents and local stakeholders, headteachers, school governors, Chief Executives of Multi Academy Trusts as well as civil servants at both local and national levels.
Great progress has been made in the content of the new curriculum to be more relevant and better able to prepare young people for life in multi-cultural Britain, but communities outside the school gate can be resistant. Senior school leaders need support and resources to be better able to work with parents and local institutions to transform the way in which Religion and Worldviews as a curriculum area is communicated about and perceived.
Our main objectives are to:
Who are we working with?
This is a collaborative effort between three partners (The Faith & Belief Forum, The Open University, and Inform) and is funded by a grant from Culham St Gabriel’s. The project will take place over 18 months from February 2021 to June 2022.
Engaging community groups and individuals in the project
This project aims to better align attitudes within the education sector but ‘outside the classroom’ to the critical importance of good teaching of Religion and Worldviews (RW) inside the classroom.
In phases 1 we aim to establish a baseline and steering group through reporting on current opinions on Religion and Worldviews as a subject as well as exploring attitudes to religion in today’s Britain that impact schools and government policy.
In phase 2 through a series of roundtable discussions, this project will identify key challenges and insights relevant to promoting a shared vision of Religion and Worldviews education, producing support material and networks required for responding to the challenges identified.
In phase 3 we will produce resources aimed at targeting the challenges identified through insight reports, online resources developed by the Open University, as well as cementing enduring networks.
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