Norfolk headteachers back evolving religious education
Norfolk’s headteachers say it is vital that religious education evolves to focus on tolerance and a multi-faith approach to equip children for life in modern Britain.
In a survey with 60 county heads, just over 83% said the material of religious studies lessons had changed in the last few years, reports the Eastern Daily Press today. And the majority said lessons now needed to cover more religions, focus on greater tolerance and warn about extremism.
Many said it was key to equip children with an understanding of other religions, and a knowledge of the “difference between religion and terrorism”.
Some 90% of respondents in Norfolk - with 59% of the total 60 coming from local authority schools and 36pc from academies - said they still taught the subject through dedicated lessons, rather than through other topics, one-off sessions or assemblies.
And while some said time constraints and a focus on core subjects distracted attention, 73% said they still felt able to make religious education a priority.
In the survey, 80% of heads said no parents at their school had chosen to withdrawn their children from religious lessons, with 20% saying one to three pupils were withdrawn.
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Pictured are pupils at St Martha's Catholic Primary School in King's Lynn. Picture courtesy of Diocese of East Anglia.