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Religious Studies under threat!!!

Discussion in 'Religious Education' started by dramysayer, Mar 19, 2012.

  1. Having taught at large secondary school who has followed the OCR Short Course in Ethics course for all KS4 pupils, I am shocked to hear that the school plans on getting rid of short course qualifications as 'they are not really worth anything' to pupils. They are also planning on reducing curriculum time for the subject to one lesson a week at Ks4, therefore full course would not be a viable option.The school is focusing more on EBacc subjects, but they are totally making RS a marginalised subject. Is anyone else having these problems? Any ideas?

     
  2. Having taught at large secondary school who has followed the OCR Short Course in Ethics course for all KS4 pupils, I am shocked to hear that the school plans on getting rid of short course qualifications as 'they are not really worth anything' to pupils. They are also planning on reducing curriculum time for the subject to one lesson a week at Ks4, therefore full course would not be a viable option.The school is focusing more on EBacc subjects, but they are totally making RS a marginalised subject. Is anyone else having these problems? Any ideas?

     
  3. san38

    san38 New commenter

    Search in some of the threads below, This has been rumbling since last year. We are nearly all in this position. We have always only had one lesson a week and I have been told full course or no course. The only board with whom this is feasible for me is AQA and I am now teaching full course (badly) in one hour a week. In terms of content it can be done if you start in y9. As for results - we shall see....
     
  4. SteveWoodhouse

    SteveWoodhouse New commenter

    A while ago I said I thought this is what would happen.
    Not being in the Ebac is the huge price we're paying for being compulsory at KS4...and now schools are dropping RS at KS4 because the SC is worth nothing. So what little RS was still being taught in Upper School is disappearing, because we all know that 'compulsory' means nothing. We've sacrificed the position of RS as a Humanity for nothing whatsoever.
    RE/RS will disappear altogether unless we sort this mess out. Ditch compulsory RE at KS4 for a place in the Ebac, and let RS stand up on its own as a popular, interesting, serious academic subject.
    Steve W
     
  5. RS can be done on one lesson a week throughout ks4 as long as your clever with planning and organisation. We start our in the summer term of y9 and it's the best thing we've ever done. The pupils had no respect for a short course in RE as it was 'only half' a GCSE so the first thing I did when I took over as Hod was to get rid - we follow AQA as it's straightforward and easy to manage with non-specialist RE staff. We are in a tough area but have seen result go from in the 30%s three years ago to over 80% A*-C - obviously this is through a combination of hard graft and generally nagging pupils, but like I said - it can be done [​IMG]
     
  6. JodiP

    JodiP New commenter

    I do WJEC GCE on one lesson a week starting in Year and we are above national average for our results. If you want to email me about resources then message me off here
     
  7. not that i am aware of. NIck Gibb has made bland comments about valuing the subject, but the government line is consistently that there is no problem because the subject is statutory. The Religious Education Council have appointed a subcommittee to look into it and the Parliamentary All Party Committee recently formed will clearly be lobbying about it, but frankly Gove is keepoing his mouth zipped. I'm sure things will become clearer as the government finalises the National Curriculum review, but that's not for another year, by whicvh time we will all have drowned in the swamp and noone will be left to speak out for us.
     
  8. katykaty85

    katykaty85 New commenter

    Does anyone know what the legal requirements for offering RS are in a private school? I have been asked whether they can scrap compulsory RS for KS4 from next year, but I am sure that they must do some to fulfill the 1988 Act? At the moment they do 1 hour a week.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks,

    Kate
     
  9. sharkey21

    sharkey21 New commenter

    RS is not compulsory in the independent sector at all, so it is an option at KS4. (Is this the same as academies and free schools?) I'm not really sure what the 1988 act says but I imagine its requirements are met through assemblies, chaplainy, and pshe.
     
  10. jerseyperson

    jerseyperson New commenter

    RE/RS will disappear altogether unless we sort this mess out. Ditch compulsory RE at KS4 for a place in the Ebac, and let RS stand up on its own as a popular, interesting, serious academic subject.

    This is an interesting one. I have been saying his for a while now. I'd like it to be treated like any other Humanity.
     
  11. san38

    san38 New commenter

    Agree jersey. We are a humanities subject&I think would be treated with more respect if we lost the 'you've got to do it' status. I'm confident that I could hold my own as an option if given the chance.
     
  12. sharkey21

    sharkey21 New commenter

    I agree that RS should be an optional subject at gcse. But that would me RS teachers would lose jobs if there is less requirement for them. Is it a generation shift that we would be willing to accept?
     
  13. Sadly, David Burrows MP told me face-to-face at a conference last year that Michael Gove saw RS as a threat to History (his subject at university) and so would never promote it. It remains to be seen whether anything will be different under his successor.
     

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