Religious education in a secular age

Although schooling in Britain has always had a strong religious component, with religious faith in decline, the place of religious education has come under question.  Some schools offer classes in ‘Philosophy and Ethics’ or ‘Beliefs and Values’, suggesting an unease around the discussion of religion.  How should schools handle religion in a society where many no longer believe in God?

The speakers are Derek Holloway, education office of the Church of England; Dr Lynn Revell, reader in religion and education, Canterbury Christ Church University; Rania Hafez, fellow of the Muslim Institute; Andy Lewis, director of religious education, St Bonaventure’s school.  The chair is Dr Alex Standish, senior lecturer in geography education, UCL Institute of Education.