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Religious Education

Education and Skills written question – answered on 29th June 2005.

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Photo of Ashok Kumar Ashok Kumar Labour, Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will introduce compulsory religious education in all schools which focuses equally on all the main religions in England.

Photo of Jacqui Smith Jacqui Smith Minister of State (Schools and 14-19 Learners), Department for Education and Skills

All maintained schools must provide religious education (RE) for all registered pupils. Locally agreed RE syllabuses must reflect the fact that religious traditions in the country are in the main Christian while taking account of the teaching and practices of other principal religions. The new national framework for RE will provide opportunities to develop pupils knowledge and understanding of Christianity, other principal religions, other religious traditions and other world views, in line with Government's goals of inclusion, tolerance and diversity.

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