The Interfaith Network – Final Report of the Commission on Religious Education

On 9 September the Commission on Religious Education published its final report: ‘Religion and Worldviews: the way forward. A national plan for RE’.

The Religious Education Council for England and Wales launched the Commission in July 2016 as an independent body Chaired by the Very Revd Dr John Hall, Dean of Westminster. The fourteen Commissioners included academics, head teachers, teachers, school governors and a broadcaster. The Commission published an interim report in July 2017.

The final report makes 11 recommendations, which include changing the name of the subject RE to ‘Religion and Worldviews’.  It sets out a ‘national entitlement’ for RE that would apply to all state funded schools.  It calls for a special body to be formed by the Government to write programmes of study for Religion and Worldviews based on the ‘national entitlement’ which would act in a similar way to the National Curriculum for other subjects.

The full report and the executive summary can be found at: https://www.commissiononre.org.uk/final-report-religion-and-worldviews-the-way-forward-a-national-plan-for-re/ where there is also a short video explaining why the Commission believes there is the need for change.

The Commission has now ended its work.  Any queries or comments about the report can be sent to the RE Council of England and Wales using the email address: enquiries@commissiononre.org.uk.