The right of withdrawal from religious education in England: school leaders’ beliefs, experiences and understandings of policy and practice

Lundie, D. and O'Siochru, C. (2019) The right of withdrawal from religious education in England: school leaders’ beliefs, experiences and understandings of policy and practice. British Journal of Religious Education, (doi: 10.1080/01416200.2019.1628706)

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Abstract

The right of parents to withdraw children from RE was conceived as a protection for the rights of religious minorities at a time when Religious Instruction in the community school was of a Christian confessional nature, this paper questions whether this provision is still coherent or necessary for contemporary multi-faith RE. Based on a survey of 450 headteachers and RE coordinators. Total of 70.5% of participants believe that the right to withdraw is no longer required. Participants’ experiences of the right of withdrawal requests, such as the reasons given by parents, were correlated to their views on the right to withdraw. Exploring the roots of that belief in more detail we found that the majority of participants had experienced withdrawal requests for various reasons, and a sizeable minority (41.2%) had experienced requests to withdraw selectively from parts of RE. We also found considerable confusion regarding the legal status of withdrawal requests.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:The survey was funded by a grant from the Higher Education Innovation Fund, as part of Liverpool Hope University’s REFocus funding call.
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Lundie, Mr David
Authors: Lundie, D., and O'Siochru, C.
Subjects:L Education > L Education (General)
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Interdisciplinary Studies
Journal Name:British Journal of Religious Education
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN:0141-6200
ISSN (Online):1740-7931
Published Online:26 June 2019
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 Christian Education
First Published:First published in British Journal of Religious Education 2019
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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