RE experts raise fears for subject

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A group of religious education teachers and professionals recently gathered in Lancaster to highlight the threats to the subject from the current government’s policies.

The group, led by Brian Gates of the University of Cumbria and former chair of the national Religious Education Council, included Carrie Mercier and Carolyn Reade, who train RE teachers at the University of Cumbria, Helen Harrison, RE advisor for Lancashire County Council, Stuart Langhorn, head of religious studies at Lancaster Royal Grammar School, Canon Brenda Harding from Christ Church Lancaster and Harsha Shukla from the local Hindu community.

The group met to mark the start of a new walk round Lancaster which aims to promote the impact that faith and morality have on the city.

The walk takes in various religious sites including the cathedral, Priory, Quaker Meeting House, Chenrezig Kadampa Buddhist Centre and the new Masji-e-Noor mosque in Dallas Road.

Copies of the walk are now available from Lancaster Library.

The aim of the walk was to highlight the threat that religious education is facing in schools.

Despite the fact the RE is one of the most popular subjects at GCSE and one of the fastest growing A-levels, experts say it is being ignored and undermined by the government’s education policies.