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. 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It raised the concerns as it published its response to the Government’s consultation on draft guidance for RSE.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“We are concerned that, although the draft guidance makes it clear that schools of a faith character may teach faith perspectives within RSE, it seems to indicate that other schools would only cover this within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.”

Read more Church warns over risk of ‘ghettoising’ faith in schools

Please tell us your thoughts in comments or via Twitter ~ Tamsin

Are you a trainee teacher, NQT, teacher, headteacher, parent or  just someone who cares about education and has something to get off  your chest in a Schools Improvement Guest Post? Follow this link for more details at the bottom of the page.

Don’t forget you can sign up to receive our daily email bulletin (around 7am) with all the latest schools news stories. Your details will never be given to anyone else and you can unsubscribe at any stage. Just follow this link.

We now have a Facebook page - please click to like!


One school pupil in every classroom is bullied every single day, survey suggests
What is neurodiversity and what should schools be doing?
Categories: Learning, Primary, Religious Education, Secondary and Teaching.


  1. Hey there! Would you mind if I share your blog with my myspace group?
    There’s a lot of people that I think would really enjoy your content.
    Please let me know. Thanks

Let us know what you think...