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Research update: Freedom of religion and freedom of religious clothing

Over the past few years, the Religions and Education Research Unit at Warwick University (WRERU) has undertaken a large-scale research project focusing upon ‘Young People’s Attitudes to Religious Diversity’,...
Opinion
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Changing religion, changing RE

Professor Linda Woodhead researches the sociology of religion, and has collaborated with Rt Hon Charles Clarke to propose RE reforms. She spoke to the NATRE ‘RE: Reviving and Thriving’ North of England conference in...
Opinion
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Jean Vanier and L’Arche Reducing evil

Jean Vanier is a Catholic philosopher, writer, and religious and moral leader (he’s not a priest). He founded the major international organisation L’Arche, which advocates community living for people with learning...
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Research update

A joint research initiative between NATRE and the University of Bristol aimed at promoting better community relations in RE lessons through the use of contact theory. A team of researchers at the University of Bristol...
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Why RE matters for primary children

In Year 1 they love nothing more than trying new food, but in Year 6 many are less open to new experiences and unwilling to try things.

For the classroom 14-19
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Cultural moral relativism: spitting & rulers

Robert Kirkwood explores the mental frontier between culture and goodness. One morning in a North London school I came across a newly arrived maths teacher from India, in discussion with his Head of Department, about an...
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Reviews

Janet Dyson, Reviews Editor The two books reviewed below deal with very different subject matter but both are highly relevant for teachers and school leaders. Mark Plater reviews the findings of an important research...
Theory and practice
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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...

For the classroom 3-7
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Exploring religious diversity with 3–7s

Tania ap Siôn invites teachers in the Infants and Early Years to join Aled and Siân as they explore religious diversity within their neighbourhood and among their friends. Early Years and Infants RE needs a range of...
Events and resources
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BBC Radio 4’s Moral Maze

BBC Radio 4’s long-running discussion programme The Moral Maze picked up the coveted Trustees’ Award at the 2017 Sandford St Martin Awards for religious broadcasting. The BBC’s Director of Radio and Education,...

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A roadshow to remember

REtoday features youth journalism every term. Here RE teacher Lisa Hickman commends a response to an RE roadshow, written by Luke Stephenson, 12.

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Promoting good community relations: what can RE learn from social psychology?

It is frequently claimed that RE has a vital role in establishing social cohesion. But does it? How do/can we know? Here Kate Christopher, Janet Orchard and Amanda Williams describe their Shared Space project, informed...
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The aims and outcomes of RE: embracing diversity

The lack of clear understanding of the aims of RE has, many have suggested, had a detrimental effect on RE. Yet, while not denying this, Mark Plater – drawing from a recent survey of SACRE members’ views –...