Just returned from an open day at my son’s prospective new secondary school in which we had an informative guided tour from one of the students – an amiable and intelligent young chap.
It is a fantastic school by all accounts, great atmosphere, high performing, and deemed by Ofsted as “Outstanding” and on their “Honours List”.
We were taken to all of the classrooms and the many IT suites and to the Social, Cultural and Moral studies room.
It was at this stage our knowledgeable guide duly informed us that this used to be the Religious Education room, however they changed the name because:
Some were worried the name Religious Education gave the impression of pupils being indoctrinated to become Christians.
This is the closest approximation to his actual words I can manage and I have double-checked with my wife.
I only regret not pursuing further and finding out who primarily may have been liable to fall under this misapprehension. Our guide went on to say:
It’s exactly the same course and lesson as it’s always been.
Isn’t it astonishing that this highly respected non-faith foundation school and technology college felt the necessity and compulsion to make this change in order to avoid this particular misconception.