Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Parents must not opt out children from RE classes

"Headteachers have demanded that parents lose the legal right to withdraw their children from religious education."

"School leaders will call on the government to revoke the law allowing parents to opt out of classes after a motion was overwhelmingly carried at the National Association of Head Teachers annual conference in Birmingham this morning."

"Delegates argued that giving parents a choice to take their children out of religious education (RE) undermines the teaching of British values’ – a core part of the governments strategy to tackle radicalisation."

"Speaking to the motion, which calls for school leaders to be given greater power to force children to attend RE lessons, headteacher, Hilary Alcock stressed it was the `vital element of education in the 21st century.`"

"The head of Buntingsdale Primary School and Nursery, Tern Hill, added that `parents may not always know what is best` for their children."

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