Phase 2 of the review was completed in the summer of 2013 and the draft programme of study was sent out for public consultation in June and July 2013. Please see Phases 3 and 4 for information about more recent developments.
The programme of study was prepared in the light of recommendations made in the Phase 1 Expert Panel Report, which was ratified by the REC Board in January 2013 after receiving widespread approval during the public consultation exercise conducted in November – December 2012.
It was agreed by the REC's Steering Group for the project. A wider Reference Group, including members from all the REC member bodies, considered an earlier draft of the purpose of study statement, aims and attainment targets for RE at a meeting in May.
The consultation responses, whilst broadly positive, identified some areas of divergence. This has all been taken into account in (a) the evaluation of the RE Subject Review, and (b) the final version of the programme of study, which will be included in the Review report due for publication in October.
Phase 2 of the RE Subject Review was completed in May. Task Group 1, led by Graham Falgate, produced draft materials for RE in the light of the National Curriculum Review consultation documents. A first draft Purpose of Study and Aims for RE was considered by the REC AGM in May and a further four week electronic consultation took place during June and July on the full complement of draft materials.
The government has not provided any financial support for the RE Review, even though a grant of £100K was made available to PSHE for their guidance materials. The REC was pleased to see PSHE supported in this way and hope a similar sum of money might be forthcoming soon for our subject! However meetings were arranged with members of the National Curriculum Review team; and these were helpful to the parallel RE process.
Task Group 2, led by Hazel Henson, focussed its work on proposals which emerged from Phase One of the Review and which were concerned with the wider context in which RE operates, including examinations and ways of harnessing the collective energies of those involved in RE to most productive effect.