Religion and Belief in Schools

Seven decades after the 1944 Education Act, the authors of this report believe that the time is overdue for reform as the old settlement no longer works as well as it needs to for the benefit of schools, religion and society.

Drawing on the collaboration of Charles Clarke and Linda Woodhead together at Lancaster University, and upon their respective expertise in politics and religion, this pamphlet makes a series of recommendations for legislative reform across the following three areas:

  1. Act of Collective Worship
  2. Content and formation of the legally required RE curriculum
  3. Operation of faith schools

These recommendations are designed to inform a new settlement in the relationship between religion and schools which the authors believe is necessary to meet the challenges of a modern society.

A New Settlement for RE in schools