Religious education subjected to ‘rank discrimination’

Religious education is under threat in schools because of “rank discrimination” against the subject by the Government, ministers have been told.

Rising numbers of children are facing poor quality lessons following a decision to scrap grants for students training to become RE teachers, it is claimed.

Subject experts warned that RE was already less likely to be taught by fully qualified teachers than any other secondary school discipline and the failure to properly fund training would lead to further declines.

John Keast, chairman of the Religious Education Council of England and Wales, said it was “hard to avoid the conclusion that the refusal to give bursaries to RE trainees whilst providing them for nearly every other subject is pure discrimination by this Government against RE”.

The comments were made after a coalition of four charities combined to set up a £220,000 cash pot to help provide their own funding for trainee RE teachers.

via Religious education subjected to ‘rank discrimination’ – Telegraph.

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