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Religious Education

Volume 124: debated on Tuesday 8 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what assessment he has made of the extent to which current teaching includes instruction on Christian history and Christian values for all pupils.

Her Majesty's inspectorate provides evidence through reports of inspections on the nature and quality of religious education given in schools. All the agreed syllabuses currently in use give a central place to teaching about Christianity. Where an LEA wants to update its syllabus, it is a statutory requirement that the Church of England should be represented on the conference appointed by a local education authority for this purpose.