There is hope!! I started at my school last Sept, the head the April before. Really bad RE at KS3 which meant that no one took it as a option. (Lets not focus on not meeting KS4 requirements here!!) So, old HoD left at Christmas, RE was un-led for a term. Then in April I was made 'RE Co-ordinator', with the mission to get a GCSE option group up and running....... have been working really hard to write engaging SoWs, slowly getting there.... But RE was still an option, students had to take a humanity, which could be the (popular) Geography, Physcology (have I spelt that right?) RE or history. RE was also in the same option block as Media Studies. So, a member of SLT came to find me yesterday, after a meeting about the current Yr9 options they have decided that students HAVE to take Geography, History or........ RE!!!!!!! What Ebacc??!! The head is really committed to RE, really recognises its place in the curriculum, in spite of the current situation. There's still a chance we won't get a class, but SLT have given us a huge advantage.