Most state schools spend just £1 per pupil each year on religious education, a new study claims.
The subject is under-funded and lacking in time and resources, according to research by James Conroy, professor of religious and philosophical education at Glasgow University.
His report, based on a study of 24 UK schools, warns that RE lessons are becoming less about exploring issues of faith and now cover everything from citizenship to sex and relationships.
Professor Conroy's paper is due to be presented at the second of the Westminster Faith Debates later, which is focusing on faith in schools.
Also taking part in the debate will be Richard Dawkins, former Charles Simonyi professor of the public understanding of science at Oxford University, John Pritchard, Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Oxford and chair of the Church of England's board of education and Professor Robert Jackson, director of the Warwick Religions and Education Research Unit (WRERU).
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