Religious Education Council - Providing political party conference support
What was the problem?
The teaching of religious education (RE) struggles in the current education climate and does not always receive the recognition and prioritisation it deserves. The Religious Education Council, the National Association of Teachers of Religious Education, and RE Today work together to increase the understanding of the importance of RE amongst politicians and decision makers. RE should be an important part of any child’s education and as such, it is a legal requirement for all children to be taught RE, but the reality is that thousands of pupils are not being provided with the broad curriculum to which they are entitled.
The Religious Education PR established a campaign to promote this issue of the teaching of education in schools to politicians and policy makers. The campaign had three objectives. The first is to ‘listen and engage’ with each of the political parties and see how the group could support the Government’s education and societal objectives. The second is to turn political engagement into political support for the Commission on Religious Education, a separate project also designed to promote the role of RE. And finally the group wanted enhance the reputation of RE amongst policy makers.
PBC supported the group to achieve all three of their objectives through high profile and engaging party conference programme. Working at the Conferences gave the group the opportunity to meet with a large group of stakeholders in one place.