Articles by Ben Wood

Events and resources
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Events: What’s going on in the RE community

In March, Ben Wood passed the leadership of NATRE to Katie Freeman. We asked them both to look backwards and forwards from their position as Chair of our subject teacher association.

On reflection
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On reflection: on being Chair of NATRE

It is great to welcome back Ben Wood to these pages. Ben has written here before, including a reflection on taking up the role of Chair of NATRE in the Summer 2019 edition. This time he looks back and reflects upon...

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Strictly RE, Ofsted’s 3Is and religious literacy

I am writing this just a few weeks after the sixth StrictlyRE – certainly the biggest yet, with around 350 people joining us at Heathrow for a superb conference. The feedback has been very positive and this reflects...
On reflection
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On taking up the role of NATRE Chair

For this edition we have Ben Wood to thank for these honest and humble reflections on his role as a successful head of RE and as Chair of NATRE. Many of you will have heard or seen Ben representing our subject when...

Reviews
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Reviews

Janet Dyson, Reviews Editor As so often happens, I found both of these reviews made me want to know more about the books and their authors. Bill Gent’s wide-ranging reading frequently introduces us to books we might...
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Defending religion?

‘Religions cause wars, don’t they, sir?’ is a familiar refrain in an RE classroom. It is a seductive idea. Students study the Crusades and can take away the idea that this was a Christianity vs. Islam conflict....
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Bliks and worldviews

The concept of a worldview is one that forms a crucial part of the recommendations in the Commission on RE’s report. It is also a term that can be controversial and one that isn’t easy to define (not bad things in...