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Photo: Shepherding

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05 October 2012

SAM ATKINS

Shepherding: the RC Bishop of Middlesbrough, the Rt Revd Terence Drainey (above), officiates at a service in Beverley Minster to celebrate the 50th anniversary of St John of Beverley RC School. It is the first time in 450 years that an RC bishop has said mass in the Minster.

The RC Church is to campaign for the inclusion of religious education (RE) in the Government's proposals for exam reform, it was announced this week. A statement from the Catholic Education Service described as "profoundly troubling" the proposals for the English Baccalaureate certificate, which seemed to exclude RE.

In RC schools, RE was at the core of the entire ethos of the school, the statement said. It called for more rigorous examinations in religious studies to replace GCSE. "An enriched English Baccalaureate is one way to achieve this," the statement said.

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