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New RE framework puts non-religious beliefs on equal footing

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Following on from a two-year review the Religious Education Council for England and Wales (REC) has published a new subject framework for religious education (RE). For the first time, the framework puts non-religious worldviews such as Humanism on an equal footing in terms of curriculum time with religious beliefs. The document, which contains 100 references to teaching about non-religious worldviews, has been welcomed by the British Humanist Association (BHA) for underlining the need to teach about the biggest or second biggest category of beliefs amongst young people.

In his foreword for the document, secretary of state for education Michael Gove has written: "All children need to acquire core knowledge and understanding of the beliefs and practices of the religions and worldviews which not only shape their history and culture but which guide their own development. He goes on to say "This RE curriculum framework and the RE Review of which it is part provides for such a model. It has the endorsement of a very wide range of professional organisations and bodies representing faiths and other worldviews. I hope the document will be useful to all those seeking to provide RE of the highest quality for young people in our schools."

The document says that the curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils:

  1. know about and understand a range of religions and worldviews;
  2. express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religions and worldviews; and
  3. gain and deploy the skills needed to engage seriously with religions and worldviews.

It also suggests that although some schools with a religious character will prioritise learning about and from one religion, all types of school need to recognise the diversity of the UK and the importance of learning about its religions and worldviews.

You can read the council’s RE Review report, including the new subject framework,here.