Parents in Essex withdraw children from RE lessons over objections to Islam

‘These children are arguably those that most need to be taught about Islam’

Eleanor Busby

Education Correspondent
Tuesday 8 January 2019

Parents in Essex are withdrawing their children from religious education lessons on Islam and stopping them from visiting mosques on school trips, a report for the council has found.

The trend has been uncovered in the area of Thurrock, a former stronghold for Ukip supporters, where a new report warns of “integration issues” within the local community.

The report, from the standing advisory council for religious education (SACRE), a body that advises on RE in schools, calls for the “nature and extent” of withdrawals to be investigated.


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