MR. EDWARD SHORT, Secretary of State for Education and Science, spent the weekend at Windsor with leading Christian educationists in a two-day discussion of religious education and its prospects in the 1970s.
Archbishop Beck of Liverpool and Fr. David Konstant of the Westminster Diocesan Schools Commission joined the discussion which ended with a study of its implications for the proposed new Education Bill and for teacher training and selection.
The group also included the .Anglican Bishops of London and Durham, Prof. Niblett of London University's Institute of Education, university and school teachers, and representatives of the British Council of Churches and Christian educational bodies.
The relationship between religious and moral education, worship and the school cornmunity, and classroom methods were among the leading topics, and an account of the discussions is to be published as an aid to public understanding of the issues involved in religious education, The weekend was later described as an informal, wideranging and encouraging experiment. Nothing comparable was done before the Education Act of 1944.