How RE lessons can reduce prejudice and improve community relations
9 April 2018
With hate crime on the rise in UK schools, researchers are calling for schools and policy makers to adopt new approaches to reduce prejudice and foster positive community relations.
Academics from the School of Education joined forces with the National Association of Teachers of Religious Education (NATRE) in the Shared Space Project to explore the best ways of promoting tolerance and understanding within RE lessons.
Their findings come at a critical time for the sector: schools are becoming increasingly more diverse with around 30 per cent of students identifying as ethnic minority. Although such diversity is beneficial, sometimes this can cause tension which has led to a rise in the number of hate crimes related to religion or beliefs.
In a recent policy briefing, School of Education academics argue that ‘understanding how to promote positive community relations in the UK is of urgent importance for current and future generations’.