Big ideas for religious education?

The latest report into the problems with religious education reiterates the need to start with a fundamental examination of the subject’s purpose. But, Alastair Lichten wonders, do the proposals go far enough?

The Commission on RE is currently consulting on reform of religion and belief education in schools, and Big Ideas for Religious Education (University of Exeter, edited by Barbara Wintersgill) is the latest contribution to this debate. The report recommends organising the RE curriculum around six ‘big ideas’, areas that pupils will learn about in increasing depth at different ages, and which can be explored with cross-religious (and non-religious) ideas.

The ‘NSS articles’ category contains links to my opinion pieces, written while a campaigns officer or head of education for the National Secular Society, before June 2022. You can read the full original of this article here >>>

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