Church Commissioners’ written answer – Religious Education

On 25th January 2018 the Second Church Estates Commissioner, Rt Hon Dame Caroline Spelman MP, replied to a written question on religious education:

Rehman Chishti(Gillingham and Rainham): To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what discussions the Church of England has had with the Department for Education on ensuring that religious studies remains a priority in schools.

Dame Caroline Spelman: The Education Office of the Church of England is in regular dialogue with the Department for Education and is a member of the ‘Faith Providers’ group, which meets frequently with the Department to discuss a range of issues connected with schools of a religious character.
One of the issues that the Office has raised in those discussions is the concern that Religious Education is not included within the EBacc.


The Education Office has also submitted written and oral evidence to the Commission on Religious Education and, following the publication of its interim report, has discussed its findings with the Commissioners. The Education Office is part of a programme run by the Theos Think Tank, bringing together leading players in RE with officials from the Department for Education and also the Department of Housing, Communities and Local Government to discuss a range of issues including RE.


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