All-Party Parliamentary Group on Religious Education

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The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Religious Education is a cross-party group focusing on the provision of religious education in the UK.

Its purpose is to:

'provide a medium through which parliamentarians and organisations with an interest in religious education can discuss the current provision of religious education, press for continuous improvement, promote public understanding and advocate rigorous education for every young person is religious and non-religious world views.'[1]


The first meeting of the All-Party Group on RE was held on 11 June 2012.

The group's purpose is to promote the highest possible standards of religious education (RE) for students, and to prevent good quality RE from being 'squeezed out' of the curriculum, according to John Keast (Chair of the Religious Education Council of England and Wales).

A recent YouGov study showed that 63 per cent of 18-24 year-olds considered religious education relevant and believed it should be taught in schools.

Fifty-three per cent of adults in both England and Wales also say it should remain compulsory and participation in lessons is beneficial to pupils. The APPGRE is designed to help maintain the high standards of religious education in the UK.[2]


Officers, September 2015 - April 2016


Fiona Bruce is the contact person for the group.
Address:: House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA.
Telephone:: 020 7219 7042.
Website: None


  1. 'APPG Register 29 September 2015',, accessed 10 November 2015
  2. Philip Davies 'All party parliamentary group on RE', Philip Davies MP for Shipley, accessed 11 November 2015
  3. Religious Education APPG Register Mar 16,, accessed 26 April 2016
  4. Religious Education APPG, Register 28 April 2016,, accessed 11 May 2016