The Education Business is reporting that the Religious Studies GCSE course has seen the highest number of entries in 14 years within England and Wales.
The number of pupils in England and Wales who were entered for the full course GCSE in Religious Studies (RS) has reached its highest since 2002. The Religious Education Council of England and Wales has praised the rise in entries, which has been achieved despite RS being left out of the Ebacc performance measure.
However, while full course entries show a positive trend, there were only 71,299 entries for the short course in GCSE RS, which represents a decline of 17.7 per cent compared to 2015.
Commenting on the figures, Rudolf Eliott Lockhart, chief executive of the Religious Education Council of England and Wales, said: “It is dangerous for there to be increasing numbers of young people missing the opportunity to develop their understanding of the full diversity of faiths and beliefs. More than ever, as our society becomes increasingly multicultural and religious extremism continues to dominate the news agenda, we need young people to be religiously literate. We need them to become skilled intercultural navigators, and good Religious Education is a key part of that.”
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