Church warns over risk of ‘ghettoising’ faith in schools

The Government risks “ghettoising” faith perspectives by not including them in plans for relationships and sex education (RSE) and health education, the Church of England has warned. BT.com reports

According to the CoE, the lack of encouragement for non-faith schools to teach religious perspectives on relationships could create prejudice.

It raised the concerns as it published its response to the Government’s consultation on draft guidance for RSE.

The Department for Education’s 16-week consultation closed on Wednesday, receiving more than 8,000 responses.

Nigel Genders, the CoE’s chief education officer, said: “Our principal focus today has been to ensure that mainstream views held by people of faith are welcomed and understood.

“We are concerned that, although the draft guidance makes it clear that schools of a faith character may teach faith perspectives within RSE, it seems to indicate that other schools would only cover this within the subject area of RE.

“We believe that there is a risk here of ghettoising faith perspectives on relationships, wrongly suggesting that they are only relevant to pupils attending schools of a religious character.

“This, we believe, serves to problematise religion, rather than giving children and young people the skills and knowledge they need for life in pluralistic communities with diverse belief, faith, religion and culture.”

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