Statement: Religious Education

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Bishops’ Plenary Meeting – November 2014

Hinsley Hall, Diocese of Leeds

Religious Education

The Bishops’ Conference affirms the central importance of Religious Education as the core part of the curriculum and school ethos in all Catholic schools. We believe that theologically sound Religious Education is essential to the formation of the individual. We welcome the Government’s consultation on the reform of Religious Education GCSE and A Level in England. This is an opportunity to create a more academically and theologically rigorous GCSE, and an A Level with increased religious content to support students progressing to higher education. We thank the Catholic Education Service for liaising with the Government on this fundamental issue and we reaffirm the statutory place of Catholic education as set out in the Education Act 1944.

Section for statements and resolutions on the Bishops’ November 2014 Plenary.