Commission on Religious Education launches its report
The Final Report of the Commission on Religious Education (CoRE) was launched on 12 September, at the House of Commons, after publication on 9 September. The report, entitled Religion and Worldviews: the way forward A national plan for RE, was the result of 2 years’ worth of evidence-gathering, debate and analysis by the Commissioners. Some of our member churches have been actively involved throughout the process, participating in consultations and offering evidence. The Catholic Education Service, Church of England and Free Church Education Committee have published responses to the publication, and all will be offering more detailed comments in due course.
Sarah Lane Cawte as the Free Churches Education Officer states that:
The Free Church Education Committee welcomes the publication of this report and is grateful to the members of the Commission for their hard work and commitment. The Committee has engaged with the Commission on Religious Education at every stage of its work, and we are pleased to see recommendations that reflect our position, and that of many others.
We agree that change is needed. Religious Education is, perhaps, more important now than it has ever been in helping young people navigate the complexities of a diverse society and forming their own views. The Commission’s extremely thorough analysis of the current situation has led it to propose substantive change that, we hope, will attract the support of stakeholders and Government, and lead to rounded and rigorous educational experiences for all young people, including those who are studying vocational subjects. Read more.
Churches are encouraged to read the Commission's report, of which there is also an executive summary, to gain an understanding of the far-reaching changes the Commission is recommending. The Commission welcomes responses to the report and recommendations.