Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Pray for your school

We are all concerned for our schools and whether our children are getting the right education or not. but another concern has crept in especially in the light of a recent government report about standards of RE teaching especially in relation to Christianity. Here is what was written:

"A report by Ofsted, the school inspectorate, has found that a third of primary school children had an ‘inadequate’ understanding of Christianity. Inspectors, who visited 185 secondary schools and more than 30 primary schools, said teachers were both fearful of ‘saying the wrong thing’ in classes.

Michael Cladingbowl, Ofsted schools director, said: ‘Inspectors found that very few children were being taught in school to get to grips with religion. They had little understanding of why religion is important or of how different religions could help them make sense of their own lives.’

He added: ‘Lots of children we saw understand Jesus is a key figure in religion. They understand he is really important. But what they could not say was why.

They knew about the resurrection at Easter, but they did not understand that it represents the power of hope over despair, the transcendental nature of the crucifixion in Christian belief.’

The report also found that standards were weakest in classes for 11 to 14 year olds and showed that 250 schools and academies not a single pupil was entered for an accredited qualification in RE in 2011.

‘Ofsted's report tells us what many teachers and schools already know,’ said Mary Bousted. The General Secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers added: ‘RE has become a forgotten “poor relation” in the curriculum. Yet good religious education is vital for our young people so that they understand the role of religion and belief in society’."
From the Bible Society website

In the light of this and other concerns we, as Christians, need to do something. The first thing is to pray. Can  recommend you visiting the website www.prayforschools.org  This gives clear guidelines about how to go about praying for and supporting your local schools.

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