Curriculum changes for religious education in Wales
Welsh Government have released a consultation on the future of how religious education in Wales will be taught as a mandatory aspect of the Curriculum for Wales 2022. The proposals in the consultation include renaming religious education to Religion, Values and Ethics (RVE). It will be mandatory for every pupil as an integral part of the Humanities Area of Learning and Experience. Becoming a mandatory element of the curriculum means that in future RVE will be open to fundamental changes by Welsh Government ministers without the need to amend primary legislation.
It is therefore crucial that all people with an interest in education, and particularly the development of religious education in Wales, respond to this consultation.
Details of the consultation, which closes on July 28th 2020, can be found on Welsh Government website.
Responding to the consultation
The Church in Wales responded to the consultation and this has been approved by the Bench of Bishops. Read our response below, together with some brief supporting notes.
Please use these as a guide when writing your own response.
I encourage you to make a response as the proposals outlined in the consultation are a significant change to the ways religious education will be delivered in all schools, whether our church schools or local authority schools.
Please get in touch with Andrew Rickett, Director of Education and Young People, if you have any questions about the consultation or want to discuss it further.
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