The subject should include non-religious worldviews as well as major faiths, says the Commission on Religious Education final report.
It follows research suggesting at least a quarter of schools break the law on teaching RE. Without an overhaul, the subject could wither, the authors warn.
The independent Commission was set up two years ago by the Religious Education Council of England and Wales, amid growing concerns about the quality of RE lessons.
The commission’s report confirms that the quality of RE in schools is “highly variable”.
It says that there is some excellent practice in some schools, but in others the amount of time allocated to the subject is being squeezed, and the subject is suffering from an across-the-board decline in specialist teachers.
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