Concerns over non-compliance in RE

Posted by: Marketing Team, 19 December 2016

As readers will be aware NATRE has been in discussion with senior officials from OFSTED to highlight issues of concern to teachers of RE including non-compliance in the teaching of Religious Education in schools and academies. NATRE has recently noticed possible signs that our concerns are being taken more seriously although we are not yet at the point where we can say that an Ofsted inspection will automatically identify issues with RE.

The following extracts are taken from a recently published OFSTED report.

From the Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

The curriculum is inadequate. It does not include some essential elements, such as religious education. The teaching of fundamental British values is weak. Leaders have recently recognised that the way the school day is timetabled is compounding poor learning.

From what does the school need to do to improve further?

Improve the effectiveness of leadership and management by taking the following actions:

– leaders should review the curriculum to ensure that pupils receive their entitlement to the teaching of religious education, careers, British values and personal, social, health and economic education

From Effectiveness of Leadership and Management

The curriculum is inadequate. The headteacher recognises that the way the school day is timetabled is compounding poor learning. Pupils do not receive their full entitlement to subjects such as religious education and personal, social, health and economic education. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is underdeveloped and the school does not teach pupils in sufficient depth about British values and the dangers of radicalisation and extremism. Reading is developed well in English, but not in other subjects.

Are these extracts worth showing to your Senior Leadership team?
Let us know if this information is useful to those of you having discussions about curricular provision for RE.

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