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Eastbourne & Willingdon Lib Dems

Lloyd Launches RE Report

April 2, 2013 10:35 AM

This week in Parliament Stephen Lloyd MP launched a report about on the supply of and support for religious education teachers. Lloyd, who chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group on RE has continually expressed concerns about the teaching of Religious Education (RE) in local schools.

The report RE: the truth unmasked found that RE lessons are frequently taught by teachers with no qualifications in the subject, furthermore the responsibility to educate young people on the different beliefs and values held in society is often given to teaching assistants, who receive little support, training or guidance.

Last week, during a visit to the Cavendish Academy, Lloyd found that the school was continuing to teach good quality RE, but was finding it hard to cope with policies relating to the English Baccalaureate and uncertainty surrounding the future of the subject.

Commenting on the visit, Stephen said: "RE teachers at Cavendish and across Eastbourne are doing an excellent job in ensuring our young grow up with a thorough understanding of the different faiths and those with none - knowledge and skills that will equip them to tackle many of the challenges life presents. But the value of RE in schools across the country has been eroded due to various policies relating to the English Baccalaureate, academies and GCSE short courses.

He added: "We must ensure that students are not short changed and are given the best possible chance to get the most from a subject that will help them thrive in an increasingly multicultural and diverse society."