For the classroom 4-7
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Greener religion for infants?

Fiona Moss, NATRE CEO, suggests six ways to enable green thinking in RE for 4–7s.

For the classroom 4-11
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Turning a vision for RE into Reality

Matthew Lane describes the impact of his whole-school approach to better RE: subject leaders in primary schools will find much to ponder here.

For the classroom 11-16
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Debating RE

Over 60 students representing half the secondary schools in Stoke-on-Trent came together in the impressive surroundings of the council chamber to take part in three debates.

For the classroom 11-16
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Positive Christian engagement with green issues

The Revd Dr Dave Bookless is a former RE teacher. He has lived in multicultural Southall for nearly 30 years, writes and speaks widely, and loves running, Indian food, good wine and wild places.

For the classroom 11-16
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Looking for an argument? Developing pupils’ argumentation skills in environmental issues

RE is undoubtedly a key subject for developing skills of argumentation, for students to learn how to present their own ideas and to comment on and critique the arguments of others. In a world of ‘fake news’,...

Instant RE
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Five tweets from the future

We asked pupils to think about how the climate crisis poses some dangers for the world, and to imagine they could send a tweet back to the people of today from far into the future, maybe giving us a warning or a...

Editorial
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Reform and development in thinking about RE

One of the positive things about Mark Chater’s recent book Reforming RE (2020) is that it brings together theorists and practitioners to make their contributions about how they see the future of the subject. It...

Events and resources
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Taking the problems seriously

I never enjoyed teaching the ‘environment’ bit of the GCSE course. It was just so bland, so uncontroversial, so anodyne. It was one of the most glaring examples of how the previous GCSE was so undemanding, and the...

Events and resources
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New free, downloadable digital curriculum subject directory brought to you by the CfSA

RE Today/NATRE have played a key part in the development and production of the first CfSA Directory – a fabulous ‘flippin book’, it is free to flick through, download and save. Nearly every subject is listed,...

Events and resources
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Geneticist and physician Francis Collins wins £1.1 million from the Templeton Prize

Francis Collins is Director of the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), and led the Human Genome Project to its successful completion in 2003. Throughout his career he has advocated for the integration of faith and...

Events and resources
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Increase in teachers training to teach RE: how can you help?

Forty per cent of new PGCE students have become RE teachers after graduating in other humanities subjects such as History, Philosophy or Sociology. This increase boosts the number of new RE teacher trainees to its...

Events and resources
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Book review: Timothy Howles, Responding Faithfully to the Environmental Crisis: Christianity in the Time of the Anthropocene

This timely Grove publication explores how faith and prayer relate to social, cultural and political action in light of the climate emergency. Howles’ aim is to add the voice of Christian ethics to the discourse...

Last word
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Obituary: Dr Bill Gent

With great sadness and affectionate memories, we share the news that Dr Bill Gent, Redbridge’s brilliant and much-loved RE adviser and a long-time supporter of RE Today and editor of our magazines REsource and...

Theory and practice
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‘Ah, now I see!’ Why the metaphors we use for ‘understanding’ in RE matter

In this article Karen Walshe shares with us the fruits of her recent research into the use of metaphors when people talk of understanding. This has significant importance for RE as much of the subject’s literature...

Theory and practice
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A pedagogy of belonging for RE

In this reflective piece David Aldridge poses some very interesting questions and possibilities regarding what really counts as teachers’ subject knowledge within the context of understanding something about the...

Research
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Research update

This research update is particularly useful for secondary school teachers as it focuses on resources for the A level and GCSE that are based on current research. The first article discusses the unique contributions...

Reviews
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Reviews

As the Keane song goes: ‘Everybody’s changing ...’ Everything changes. At school in the 1960s I studied Scripture. The sign on the door of the room in Goldsmith’s College where I learned about Contemporary...

On reflection
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Commonplace reflections: The proof is in the meaning

For generations, particular people – for a variety of reasons – have kept notebooks in which they write and record poems, thoughts, proverbs and sayings, etc. Anything, in fact, that takes their fancy. Some of...

For the staffroom
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Green religions? Perspectives from world faiths and viewpoints for your students

This issue of REtoday focuses on themes around green issues, environmentalism and climate justice. Our religions and worldviews are rich in exploring these issues and the relation of humanity to the natural world. We...

For the staffroom
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What is Ofsted saying about RE in England – and what can we learn from it?

As we write this, teachers are ‘working their socks off’ providing home learning in various forms for pupils as well as looking after disadvantaged pupils and pupils with key-worker parents. It has hardly been a...