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Religion: Education

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 28 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans he has to develop a national curriculum for religious education; and if he will make a statement. (248017)

The Government have no plans to develop a statutory national curriculum for Religious Education (RE). There is a non-statutory National Framework for Religious Education that all major faith groups have endorsed in 2004. Religious Education is already a statutory subject and every maintained school must provide religious education (RE) for all its pupils. It is the responsibility of the head teacher, governing body and the local authority (LA) to ensure that this is done. Local Standing Councils for Religious Education (SACREs), established by the LA, have the responsibility to ensure that local RE syllabuses, taking account of national guidance, reflect the make up of the local community.