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.

Theory and practice
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Where do you stand? Insider and outsider views on religion in RE

In January 2017, Stephen Pett, National RE Adviser with RE Today Services, gave a keynote address at the Strictly RE conference. This is a version of that address. Introduction In relation to the title question, this...
For the staffroom
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The wisdom of inclusion: Stonewall and faith

Stonewall campaigns for equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. We interviewed chief executive Ruth Hunt to find out why the charity is focusing on faith and LGBT issues this year. Religions in...
For the classroom 7-16
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Should Muslim pupils fast during exams?

Zameer Hussain wanted his pupils to think about the wisdom of flexibility in religions. You can follow his example for learning about Ramadan, which this year is likely to be between 6 June and 4 July. Critical...
Theory and practice
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‘Ordinary theology’ in the classroom: experience and belief in secondary religious education

Increasingly, as articles in this issue demonstrate, teachers and educators are researching aspects of RE and its impact on, as well as reception by, children and young people. This article suggests that carrying out a...
Opinion
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‘Understanding Christianity’: five hopes

Professor David Ford is Emeritus Regius Professor of Divinity and a Fellow of Selwyn College, Cambridge. Here, he introduces the Understanding Christianity project. The article is abridged from his speech at the...
Opinion
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Derren Brown: Is religion all in the mind?

Derren Brown is probably the UK’s most famous illusionist. He was once a Christian, but his new show seriously questions the nature of miracles, begging the question, ‘Is religion all in the mind?’

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Believing, belonging and behaving: some considerations when teaching about Islam

Even for teachers who have acquired specialised knowledge about religions, teaching about particular traditions can be daunting: I don’t think I know enough. What happens if I get things ‘wrong’? Am I up to...

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Wide-ranging free resources about the Salvation Army

The teaching resources from the Salvation Army are often referred to as hidden gems, and they are well worth exploring.

For the classroom 7-14
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Primary theologian of the week: children debating the nature of God

Katie Gooch wanted her pupils to have the chance to develop more thoughtful ideas about God, so she started awarding good thinkers the title ‘Theologian of the week’. REtoday asked how it was going. In your school,...
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We asked people from different religions and beliefs to tell us what it means to them to ‘sing their own song’

Here are replies from a Buddhist, a Humanist, a Christian, a Jewish person and a Muslim. Read these with your older pupils, and ask them to think of their own answers to the interview questions we used. The questions...