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RE Council appoints first patrons

24 October 2014

PA

Former EastEnder: the actor and film-maker, Deepak Verma, at the GG2 Leadership and Diversity awards, in London, in 2008

Former EastEnder: the actor and film-maker, Deepak Verma, at the GG2 Leadership and Diversity awards, in London, in 2008

THE entrepreneur and founder of the Cobra beer company, Lord Bilmoria, a Zoroastrian; the comedian and actor Sara Pascoe; and the actor and film-maker Deepak Verma are among the first patrons appointed by the Religious Education Council, it was announced last week.

The group also includes the Vice-chancellor of the University of Winchester, Professor Joy Carter; the head teacher of Watford Grammar School for Girls, Dame Helen Hyde, a government adviser on Holocaust education; Kenny Frederick, who has recently retired as head of George Green's School, east London; and the broadcaster and interfaith spokesman Lord Singh of Wimbledon.

They will provide commentary and public support for religious education in schools, which, Lord Singh said last week, explained the commonality of values shared by religious and non-religious beliefs. Dr Joyce Miller, who chairs the RE Council, said that the various backgrounds of the new patrons demonstrated the broad range of support for RE.

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