By Graeme Paton, Telegraph
A new study warns that schools are flouting the law by dropping religious education in a move that risks leaving pupils 'ill-prepared' to make sense of faith in later life
A third of comprehensives are breaking the law by dropping religious education lessons for teenagers, a new study has found.
Hundreds of thousands of pupils are missing out on RE because the subject is being “edged out” of timetables by government GCSE reforms, it was claimed.
Researchers found that the equivalent of 900 state secondaries were axing the subject between the age of 14 and 16 to find more time for other disciplines.
The disclosure sparked claims that pupils were "unable to respond to different views and beliefs in an informed, rational and insightful way".
It also emerged that schools were cutting the number of specialist RE teachers, placing lessons in the hands of untrained staff and steering pupils away from taking qualifications in the subject.