36884113_2142674362679830_8912681558725361664_nThis afternoon I chaired a debate on the teaching of RE in schools.

Young people from across the country, including a group from Whickham School in my constituency, have come to Westminster to debate issues around religious literacy.

They have debated the right to withdraw from RE lessons, challenging extremism and whether there is still a place for the study of RE in a modern, secular society.

I’m pleased that MPs have joined us to listen to such an eloquent and stimulating debate.

Thanks to NATRE, RE Today and the RE Council for organising such an informative and challenging session.

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