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Religious Education still important to teaching jobs in UK

26/11/2012 Joanna
A significant proportion of the public believe that religious education still has an important role to play in the future of the UK education system.

That is according to new research conducted by Oxford University, which showcases the widespread support for the teaching of Christianity of primary and secondary schools.

The poll saw 1,832 adults quizzed about their views on religious teaching in the UK with the results revealing some interesting statistics that could potentially influence the development of these types of jobs in education.

In particular, the results highlighted the notable level of support for lessons of this type, with 64 per cent of respondents questioned agreeing that pupils must know about Christianity in order to fully understand English history.

A further 57 per cent of those polled argued that Christianity was also essential to helping children to understand English culture and our way of life, while 58 per cent held the belief that it was crucial for kids to understand the history of Christianity.

The survey also found that 56 per cent of the adults quizzed felt it was important to promote Christian religious festivals as part of this teaching.

In addition to this, the research found that 51 per cent of respondents felt religious education of this kind was useful in helping children understand the difference between right and wrong, while 44 per cent felt that more attention should be given to teaching of this kind in schools across the UK.

The study also found that 38 per cent of adults believed pupils should be learning more about the Bible, while 30 per cent felt that the Lord's Prayer must be part and parcel of religious teaching in schools.

This new poll was commissioned as part of wider research currently being conducted by Oxford University in a bid to provide those in teaching jobs with greater support in how best to impart education of this kind.

It is hoped that the findings could provide educators with help in shaping and developing future lesson content.

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