Top business leaders join campaign for high quality Religious Education in schools

May 15, 2024 by

from Religion Media Centre:

Leaders from the Bank of England, University College London and the Peter Jones Foundation have joined a Call to Action asking the government and schools to improve the teaching of Religious Education.

The campaign is led by Lord Bilimoria, former vice president of the CBI and Chancellor of the University of Birmingham, who says high quality RE in schools is important for an inclusive, global facing workplace.

He believes it allows young people to engage with the complexity of modern belief, helps avoid misconceptions, and produces students ready to work with people around the world from all walks of life.

There is a statutory requirement for all schools to teach religious education up to year 13, but a 2022 study by the National Association of Teachers of RE found that up to 500 secondary schools were not fulfilling their obligation.


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