Religious education GCSE courses have seen the highest number of entries since 2002, a report has claimed.
Data from the RE for real report shows the number of pupils in England and Wales taking the GCSE Religious Studies full course is at its highest since 2002. There were 284,057 entries, up 0.1 per cent on figures for 2015, even though there was an overall fall of 0.5 per cent in full course GCSE entries across all subjects.
However, there has been a drop in the number of entries for the short course GCSE in Religious Studies. There were 22.9 per cent fewer entries in England for this than in 2015.
This comes as educational watchdog Ofsted said it intends to pay closer attention to whether schools are meeting their requirements to teach RE.