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Dealing with requests to withdraw from religious education

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At the beginning of the year, you may have been approached by a parent who does not want their child to take part in religious education and asked to withdraw them from this subject.

This can be a tricky issue to deal with, hence we have collaborated with the National Association of Teachers of RE (NATRE) to produce some advice and guidance on how to deal with these requests.

In the 2018 NATRE primary survey, almost 16% of the schools surveyed said they had some parents using the right of withdrawal. While withdrawing their children remains a right for parents, the law wasn't designed to be used in the way it is being used by some. This guide, produced by NATRE, clarifies the law and offers suggestions for dealing with specific withdrawal scenarios.

You can access the first pages of the guidance below.

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