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Reforming Religious Education: Power and Knowledge in a Worldviews Curriculum

Reforming Religious Education: Power and Knowledge in a Worldviews Curriculum

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Mark Chater's brilliant new book diagnoses the reasons why RE urgently needs radical reform, and looks ahead to a time when the subject will have a new identity based on a clear democratic purpose.


The book shines a light on how key leaders can make this happen, and how the new good practice is already breaking through. It is edited and authored by experts and leading change agents in RE, who offer a well-informed and provocative vision and programme for change.

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Mark Chater's brilliant new book diagnoses the reasons why RE urgently needs radical reform, and looks ahead to a time when the subject will have a new identity based on a clear democratic purpose.

The book shines a light on how key leaders can make this happen, and how the new good practice is already breaking through.

It is edited and authored by experts and leading change agents in RE, who offer a well-informed and provocative vision and programme for change.

“Every school leader must read this book. What pupils learn in their curriculum is pivotal in any school’s theory of change. The recommendations of the Commission on Religious Education, if properly understood and enacted, would transform the academic role and status of RE in every school. The chapters in this book reveal the proper contours of the subject, the basics every leader needs to understand if the knowledge and practice of their RE teachers is to be nurtured, valued and renewed.”

Christine Counsell, Writer and speaker on curriculum and leadership

“Religious Education is one of the great achievements of British education. But it hangs in the balance. There is a real possibility it will simply shrivel away through lack of attention. Or it could rise phoenix-like in response to the challenges of today and tomorrow. Reforming RE is a welcome contribution to showing how that resurrection might happen. Here we have experienced practitioners and deep thinkers signalling a new direction that will inspire our pupils in their understanding of Religion and Worldviews. This book is a really exciting contribution.”

Professor Trevor Cooling Chair, Religious Education Council of England and Wales

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Author Mark Chater
ISBN 978-1912906925
No of pages 238
Format Paperback
Publication Date 20 Mar 2020

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