Wake-up call over religious education

A damning report by MPs on standards of Religious Education teaching in schools should be a “wake-up call” to Michael Gove, the Church of England has warned.

An inquiry by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on RE found that more than half of those teaching it in primary schools have no qualifications in the subject.

In at least a quarter of cases it is relegated to teaching assistants who often receive little support, training or guidance, the MPs said.

They also found that there had been a “dramatic” reduction in support for RE teachers as a result of local funding cuts and the Government’s academies programme.

And the removal of bursaries for students training to teach RE has led to a “radical” drop in applicants, the committee added.

They concluded that this risks allowing a generation of young people to grow up in ignorance about religion at a time when Britain is more diverse than ever before.

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Over 100 MPs to fight for financial education in schools

A massive All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Financial Education for Young People launches today.

Over 120 MPs from all parties have joined, making it one of the largest APPGs ever (see the Teen Cash Class guide).

Their call is for compulsory financial education in schools, ensuring young people understand money, consuming and debt.

It has formed in response to the debt-ridden financial crisis and rise in tuition fees.

The APPG’s chair is Conservative MP Justin Tomlinson, and it’s backed by the Personal Finance Education Group (pfeg) and MoneySavingExpert.com. Read more of this post

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