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Ed Pawson Head of Religion, Philosophy and Ethics, The Kings School, Ottery St Mary, Devon Chair of NATRE RE Adviser to Devon SACRE Learn/Teach/Lead Conference.

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1 Ed Pawson Head of Religion, Philosophy and Ethics, The Kings School, Ottery St Mary, Devon Chair of NATRE RE Adviser to Devon SACRE Learn/Teach/Lead Conference Plymouth 25 th October 2012

2 The National Picture Criticism over plans to exclude religious studies from Ebacc Religious leaders argue RE is academically rigorous and helps build community cohesion (Guardian 25/6/11) Religious education increasingly 'marginalised' in schools (Telegraph 11/6/12) Schools being 'forced to axe religious education lessons' Religious education is being killed off in schools because of Government reforms to the curriculum and qualifications, according to research (Telegraph 28/9/12) English baccalaureate: another dog's dinner of a plan for exam reform This is the result of the coalition agreement rather than any meaningful input from teachers, parents or young people…. Internationally, there is no correlation between this type of reform and countries with outstanding education systems. (Guardian 17/9/12)

3 The National Picture Schools failing to provide RE for all students National Association of Teachers of Religious Education (NATRE) survey June % - legal requirements are not being met in key stage 4 25% - a reduction in the number of specialist staff employed to teach RE, and 82% of these reported that the introduction of the EBacc was the main reason for this change 54% - will have no entries for GCSE Short Course in 2014, a rise of 12% over the previous year. 63% of schools that reported a drop in Full Course entries cited the EBacc as the main reason (55% in 2011) 20% - are trying to deliver the GCSE RS in less than the recommended teaching time. There is a growing body of evidence, from Ofsted subject surveys, that this practice is detrimental to students RE 71% - received no subject specific training in school in the 2011/12 academic year;

4 Consultation phase: 7 th November to 6 th December 2012 Phase 2, in 2013, will lead to the writing of a new, national RE curriculum document

5 DEVON RE Network Group A chance to meet other RE co-ordinators and teachers of RE Examples of topics we have covered are: Secondary focus: marking new style GCSE questions RE and the EBac RE in academies using NATRE resources developing higher order thinking skills exploring controversial issues Primary focus: assessment marking, levelling and moderating in RE RE and Early Years cross-phase transition in RE

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