High Court Ruling on non-religious worldviews in RE

In November 2015 the High Court heard a case brought by three families against the Secretary of State for Education on the issue of the place of non-religious worldviews within the new religious studies GCSE.  The High Court’s ruling can be found here.  Following this ruling, there have been a range of guidance documents released by different parties.

  • In December 2015 the Government released guidance on the implications of the High Court ruling.  The guidance is available here.
  • In April 2016 the BHA circulated guidance from Professor Satvinder Juss.  This guidance can be found here.
  • In May 2016 a Department for Education response to Professor Juss’s guidance was quoted in an AREIAC/NASACRE guidance document, itself drawn up as a response to Professor Juss’s guidance.  The AREIAC/NASACRE guidance is available here (along with its quoting of the DfE response to Professor Juss).
  • Later in May 2016, NATRE released a short statement on the debate.  This is available here.
  • At the end of May 2016, Professor Juss released a critique of the DfE response to the High Court ruling.  It is available here.
  • In July 2016 the DfE released further guidance on this issue.  It is available here.

The RE Council supports an inclusive approach to RE and believes that a wide range of faiths and beliefs ought to be options for study within RE. Part of this means that young people should have the opportunity to learn about the large number of people who describe themselves as being of no religious belief.  While the RE Council has not released any guidance on last November’s ruling, the REC Chief Executive wrote a comment piece in November 2015 that can be found here.