Schools should downgrade Christianity in assemblies for a more “inclusive” multi-faith approach, say religious education advisors.
Teachers should no longer be expected to “accord a special status to Jesus Christ” as part of traditional acts of collective worship for pupils, it was claimed.
Guidance sent out to local committees – established to determine RE in communities across England – called for a focus on a “wide range of religious traditions” such as Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam.
By law, conventional state schools are required to stage daily acts of collective worship that are “broadly Christian” to reflect the country’s heritage.
But the National Association of Standing Advisory Councils for Religious Education (NASACRE) said this was “not intended to be interpreted as Christian worship in any conventional sense”.
In a report, it also insisted that long-standing Government advice issued in the mid-90s which suggests most religious assemblies should focus on Jesus Christ should be discarded altogether.
However, the comments were attacked by the Church of England.
A CofE spokesman said: “Given that the central figure in Christian belief and practice is Jesus Christ we would expect all schools to include in their collective worship programme stories of his life and work and impact.”