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
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