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Teachers in DfE survey stand up for EBacc RE

12 October 2012

A SURVEY of the impact of the English Baccalaureate, commissioned by the Department for Education (DfE) and published last week, suggests that teachers in all types of school see religious studies as an academically rigorous subject that should have been recognised as one of the humanities options.

Ipsos Mori researchers sought the views of 618 teachers involved with GCSE candidates. Many queried RE's exclusion from the EBacc, which in some cases affected take-up of the subject. Some said that they would not steer pupils away from RE into an EBacc-eligible subject.

"While many teachers are uncertain about the future impact of the EBacc, they regard RE as an academically rigorous subject that is useful in its own right and would serve pupils well in the future," the report says. It was a popular subject in many schools, the survey found.

The Revd Dr John Gay, a research fellow in RE at Oxford University, and on the RE Council, said that the survey results confirmed what RE professionals had continually told the Government.

RE campaign. The Roman Catholic Church is to campaign for the inclusion of religious education in the Government's proposals for examination reform, it was announced this week. A statement from the Catholic Education Service described the exclusion of RE as "profoundly troubling". In RC schools, RE was at the core of the curriculum and the ethos of the school, the statement said. It called for more rigorous examinations in religious studies to replace GCSE.

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