R.E. 'marginalised' in schools

A new study warns that through the marginalisation of religious education, Evangelical Christian groups who are committed to converting young people are being allowed access to children in state schools.

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Report shows many schools are under pressure in R.E.

Evidence collected for the report, entitled Evangelism in State Schools, showed it was not just faith schools that had opened their doors to evangelical groups.

The low priority given to RE and collective worship in many schools, combined with the short supply of qualified RE teachers and general pressure to provide sufficient teaching hours provides an ideal environment for evangelical groups to exploit.

As one Christian organisation that provides assemblies states on its website; ‘Meeting the standards set down by the Government on collective Christian Worship and Religious Education can become an extra burden in a busy teacher’s day – the Assembly Angels are here to help’.

– Evangelism in State Schools report

Evangelical Christian groups 'allowed access' to schools

A new study warns that through the marginalisation of religious education, Evangelical Christian groups who are committed to converting young people are being allowed access to children in state schools.

The report was on the marginalisation of RE in schools Credit: Bodo Marks/DPA/Press Association Images

The National Secular Society (NSS), which published the report, has called on the Government to bring in a stricter code of conduct to prevent visiting groups “proselytising” during religious lessons.

According to a report in The Independent, Head teachers’ leaders have warned “a line is crossed” when religious theories such as creationism were taught as if they were science.

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