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Religious education, interfaith dialogue and community cohesion in Wales : an empirical investigation of the contribution made by the Standing Advisory Councils on religious education

ap Sion, T. (2014) Religious education, interfaith dialogue and community cohesion in Wales : an empirical investigation of the contribution made by the Standing Advisory Councils on religious education. Contemporary Wales, 27 (1). pp. 148-166. ISSN 0951-4937

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Abstract

The provision within each local authority of a Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACREs) is a statutory requirement under the Education Reform Act 1988 designed to monitor the implementation of the locally determined syllabus of religious education. As part of their statutory constitution SACREs bring together representation of Christian denominations and religious groups active within the local authority. Drawing on a recent survey conducted throughout the twenty-two local authorities in Wales, this paper demonstrates the significant contribution made by SACREs to interfaith dialogue and community cohesion in Wales relevant to the Welsh Assembly Government's community cohesion strategy, 'Getting on Together: A Community Cohesion Strategy for Wales' (2009). It is argued that any erosion of the capacity of SACREs in Wales to connect with local representatives of diverse religious traditions may carry unintended consequences of damaging the community cohesion strategy.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This item is available from the research repository at the University of Warwick.
Divisions: School of Humanities
Depositing User: Tania Ap Sion
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2019 09:31
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2019 14:20
URI: http://bgro.collections.crest.ac.uk/id/eprint/434

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