Scottish Religious and Moral Education: A Response to: Mismatches Between Legislative Policy and School Practice in Religious Education: The Scottish Case Yonah H. Matemba a University of the West of Scotland, Ayr, Scotland, UK Published online: 17 Feb 2015

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As a Scottish academic specialising in training teachers in the subject Religious and Moral Education (RME) I was interested to see that there was an article on the Scottish context in the February edition of Religious Education (Matemba 2015). Such articles on the Scottish jurisdiction, with its unique flavours and points for comparison with approaches elsewhere, are rare and welcome.

However, I was disappointed to find out that the article misrepresents the Scottish situation and would like to contest a number of claims made by Matemba. The broad aims of Matemba’s article are to discuss the nature of
Scottish Religious Education (RE); investigate the teaching of Christianity
‘vis-­‐à-­‐vis’ the teaching of ‘other’ world religions, and offer an account of
RE provision in Scotland. In this response to Matemba I intend to offer
alternative views.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
JournalReligious Education
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015



  • Religious Education
  • Scotland
  • Philosophy in Schools

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