According to a new report conducted by academics at Liverpool Hope University and backed by Culham St Gabriel’s, a trust that supports excellence in religious education, the numbers of schools participating in GCSE Religious Studies declined overall across all categories from 2017 to 2018, though Catholic schools had proportionately the smallest decline at 3.1 per cent. The Tablet reports.
Among schools without a religious character, the decline was 18.1 per cent.
Rudolf Eliott Lockhart, chief executive of the Religious Education Council of England and Wales, said: “Today’s figures show the long-term impact in England of reforms introduced when Michael Gove was Secretary of State for Education. The exclusion of short course GCSEs from the performance indicators by which schools are monitored, coupled with religious studies not being included in the EBacc, has had a disastrous impact on RS at GCSE.”
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