Religious education bodies are calling on the government to compel schools in England to teach RE amid concerns support for the subject is waning.
An analysis by the RE Policy Unit found 34% of academies do not include RE on the school timetable. It also found 500 secondary schools are teaching zero hours of dedicated RE in Year 11.
The organisations are calling for school inspectorate Ofsted to work with schools not currently teaching "sufficient" RE to "ensure they comply with the law".
RE is a statutory part of the basic curriculum and all state schools must provide RE lessons.
RE popularity falls
The RE Policy Unit, which is made up of the Religious Education Council of England and Wales, the National Association of Teachers of Religious Education and RE Today Services, has called for RE to receive greater funding in recognition of "parent and pupil support" for the subject.
But its own analysis found entries for the full course RE GCSE fell by almost 20% between 2016 and 2021.
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