The Commission on Religious Education’s Final Report will soon be released. There will be a launch event in Westminster on the 12th September.
The report will set out the Commission’s vision for the future of religious education, explaining why the subject is a vital part of a broad and balanced curriculum, and make a series of recommendations of what needs to be done to ensure that all pupils in all schools are able to have high quality religious education.
The report will mark the culmination of two years of work from the Commissioners. In September 2017 the Commission on RE released an interim report, Religious Education For All. This interim report drew on a call for evidence generating substantial interest and on extensive efforts from Commissioners to hear from all those with an interest in RE, whether RE professionals, members of faith and belief communities, or members of the wider public.
The interim report generated wide-ranging discussion within the RE community and Commissioners made substantial efforts to listen to the full range of views on the recommendations that the final report should make. In particular, Commissioners have been able to draw on nearly 700 detailed responses to a consultation that they ran in Autumn 2017 inviting comments on the interim report.
The final report is therefore the result of an inclusive process that has sought to listen carefully to all those with an interest in RE. The Commission on RE hopes that the final report will be a significant contribution to the debate on the future of RE, and that its recommendations will set out what can be done to ensure that the subject is fit for purpose for many years to come.