RE for REal

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In a context of deep religious illiteracy in the UK, RE for REal explores the role of schools in equipping young people with the knowledge and skills to engage effectively with religion and belief diversity, in schools, in their communities, in future workplaces and in wider social contexts.

The project analyses the views of pupils, parents and teachers in secondary education and of employers, on what school leavers need to know about religion and belief in relation to the current religion and belief landscape, as evidenced in research and current educational policy.

It builds on the Religious Education Council’s A Review of Religious Education in England (2013) by providing a new evidence-base to support and facilitate continuing national discussions. By engaging protagonists in the field in a cycle of reflective analysis, it will further stimulate and facilitate wider debate around the future role and shape of RE in schools.

Below, you will find supporting documents to accompany our recent study:

Full report (PDF download)

Executive summary (PDF download)

Recommendations (PDF download)

RE for REal brings together views on what children need to know and understand about religion with research evidence on the real religious landscape and explores the gaps between the two. It is unique in that it will bring together key groups of influence to create a forum in which to discuss how to align these two in future policy and planning for schools.


RE for Real launch event: The Future of teaching and learning about religion and belief: Nov 2015

This event launched the final report of a Culham St Gabriel's funded project into what young people need to leave school knowing about religion and belief.

Keynote speakers included Mark Chater, Culham St Gabriel's; Professor Emerita Grace Davie, University of Exeter; Professor Adam Dinham, Goldsmiths;and Dnaiel Hughill, Natre.

The project has led to numerous ongoing research endeavours.