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Train teachers, says APPG

25 January 2013

by a staff reporter

TEACHERS urgently need more training in biblical literacy, an All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) investigating RE teaching in English schools has heard.

Evidence submitted by the Bible Society said that there was a "pressing need" for more training for teachers, particularly in primary schools, where RE is often taught by staff with no expertise in the subject.

A former government education adviser and teacher, Ann Holt, said that teachers often received only two hours' training on RE in the whole of their training course. "The most pressing need of teachers of RE, in both the primary and secondary sectors, is for further training in biblical literacy," she said.

The APPG was set up last year to safeguard the teaching of religious education in Britain's schools ( News, 24 February 2012). This followed the signing of a motion by 115 MPs that demanded a debate on including the RE GCSE in the English Baccalaureate ( News, 4 March 2011).

Recent research from Oxford University found that the teaching of Christianity was often "incoherent, lacking in intellectual development, or too stereotypical" ( News, 30 November 2012).


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