Time for the government to address the consequences of their neglect of teachers of RE?
The demands of teaching Religious Education are generally poorly understood. A teacher of RE in modern Britain, must not only understand the principal religious and non-religious worldviews, but also the diversity within and between those traditions. Fewer than a third of the 633-trainee secondary RE teachers in this academic year have a degree in Theology or Religious Studies.
Does studying RS GCSE improve your overall academic attainment?
Local Authorities where there are higher rates of entry for GCSE RS, fair well in a range of performance measures. Data published by NATRE on GCSE RS entries in 2020 shows that rates of entry vary widely between local authorities.
Interesting and positive report about the vitality of RS in the UK
The publication of the British Academy’s Report, Theology and Religious Studies Provision in UK Higher Education, in May 2019 was widely reported in the press, where the study of religion was presented as a relic in terminal decline.