The Paris attacks show just why we need RE

TES columnist Tom Bennett calls for a renewal of our commitment to high-quality religious education in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in France

RE is a subject that permits unusual lessons. One of my passions is getting past what I call the tyranny of the Big Six (the main faiths of the UK) and exposing children to world views, philosophies and faiths that they may otherwise only stumble over in death metal lyrics and hastily deleted Google searches.

Because of the unique position RE occupies in England (statutory but non-national curriculum), and because of the absurd fact that the syllabus is locally agreed, curricula can vary, as can their mileage. Which gives an old escapologist like me just enough wiggle room to work myself free from the straitjacket of the must-be-taughts.


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