In defence of the proposed Norfolk RE guidelines

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02 November 2006

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Sir, — Far from underlining “the need for a national syllabus”, which the Revd Dr John Gay suggests (News, 15 April), the proposed guidelines for Norfolk schools show how valuable local contributions can be to what is taught (and how it is taught) in the RE syllabus.

The national framework has provided useful guidelines for Standing Advisory Committee of Religious Education working parties. As time goes by, best working practice will ensure improvements across the counties.

Meanwhile, instead of risking the authoritarianism too often implicit in centralised curricula, local authorities will retain the opportunity to take the needs (including the linguistic needs) of their own students into account, as well as adding to the plurality of imaginative ideas essential to any educational endeavour.
ALAN BERRY
The Laurels, Doctors Road
Blofield
Norwich, Norfolk NR13 4LF

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