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Gove: Quality of RE has Dropped

Following the story published in the Church Times online on Wednesday (03/07/2013) on Secretary of State Michael Gove’s Church of England Seminar in which he admitted RE had suffered as a result of the EBacc (and other reforms), the Telegraph and the BBC have both picked up the story.


See the Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/10159937/Michael-Gove-quality-of-religious-education-has-dropped.html


See the BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-23191048


John Keast, chairman of the Religious Education Council of England and Wales, said: “We welcome this first indication that Mr Gove finally recognises that there is an issue.


“RE is a popular and academically rigorous subject, however this government’s actions are resulting in fewer specialist teachers, lessons being cut and exam entries going down.”


The group – which represents religious organisations plus academic and professional associations involved in RE – would be happy to meet Mr Gove, he added.