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Huge decline in Religious Studies GCSE.

Huge decline in Religious Studies GCSE.

Pupils celebrate after collecting their recent GCSE results,at Sion-Manning Roman Catholic Girls school in west London. 
Photo: Ben Stevens/PA Archive/PA Images

Religious studies has shown a large decline at GCSE, with less than half of secondary schools now offering the subject.

According to a new report conducted by academics at Liverpool Hope University and backed by Culham St Gabriel's, a trust that supports excellence in religious education, the numbers of schools participating in GCSE Religious Studies declined overall across all categories from 2017 to 2018, though Catholic schools had proportionately the smallest decline at 3.1 per cent.

Among schools without a religious character, the decline was 18.1 per cent.

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