Opportunity for RE? A possible vision of the future for Religious Education structures in England, drawing on the implications of Education for All, the UK Government’s 2022 Education White paper

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Abstract

This paper critically examines the White Paper, Opportunity for all, published by the UK Government’s Department for Education (DfE) in March 2022. This has a number of recommendations for schools in an attempt to ‘level up’. In particular, there is a promise to deliver ‘a fully trust-led system with a single regulatory approach [and] a clear role for every part of the school system’ (DfE 2022, 10). Such a system provides a serious challenge to the way that Religious Education (RE) structures in England are currently built: in short, when Local Authorities no longer have schools under their control – what is the point of a SACRE? Arguing that the ‘local settlement’ for RE serves two purposes – a curricular purpose and support and monitoring purpose – this paper will suggest that future RE curricula will be planned at the Trust level, with the monitoring and support functions being moved from the local to the regional.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Beliefs and Values
Early online date30 Nov 2022
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 30 Nov 2022

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