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News from Culham St Gabriel’s

REXChange, 3 October, Birmingham We are delighted to be working with a range of partners in the RE community to promote researcher–teacher engagement through a knowledge-exchange conference. The event will bring...
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Approaches to timetabling RE

As reported by NATRE, based on the REC, NATRE and RE Today’s ‘The State of the Nation’ report (2017), workforce data shows that 28 per cent of schools are failing to allocate curriculum time for RE. RE is a...
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Withdrawal from RE

This subject is often debated in the RE community. Why should parents have the right to withdraw their children from RE and not any other subject? The original withdrawal clause stems from the 1944 Education Reform Act,...
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RE in your academy: a new book of guidance from NATRE and RE Today

We are pleased to announce publication of Religious Education in Your Academy, a new 40-page illustrated guide to RE’s place and potential in academies, free schools and other new school types. Generously supported by...
On reflection
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On reflection: disgusting colouring sheets again

Dear Sir,I hear that many schools are now teaching Celeb-RE-ty instead of the usual RE lessons. In the place of tired old favourites such as Gandhi, Mother Teresa and Martin Luther King, the RE teacher is now using pupil...
Theory and practice
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Outstanding leadership for outstanding SMSC

For various reasons, teachers of RE often play a key role in thinking through and promoting the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) dimensions of school life. This article, which focuses on the leadership...
Editorial
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Oh, for serendipity and happenstance!

My brain seems to be hard-wired to notice fine details, particularly regarding word use. I can remember, for instance, the exact circumstances when I first came across specific words such as ‘pact’,...
For the classroom 11-14
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The great RE bake off – or how to make the perfect Apple and Raspberry Pi

Ian Latta discusses the wise use of iPads in RE. Read this article with your computer open, and look as you go at the apps Ian has found most useful. Bear in mind your school’s ICT safe use policy too. Your school has...
Opinion
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Religious literacy for all: are teachers equipped for the task?.

Here Ed Pawson, Assistant to the Chair of NATRE (the National Association of Teachers of RE), explores why religious literacy has never been more important, and how it is being thwarted by a lack of teacher confidence....
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Ofsted and non-compliance in RE

Some thoughts from Dilwyn Hunt, Chair of AREIAC Following an analysis of Ofsted reports undertaken by Devon’s SACRE early this year, a detailed document was written. In that document it noted that Ofsted was observing...
For the staffroom
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RE, or not RE? That is the question

A new idea for whole sixth-form RE provision

It’s not easy to ensure all sixth-form students receive their legal entitlement of RE provision. So many schools don’t try and many schools try, but don’t have...

Research
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Research Poster: ‘The perfect pupil’

changing aims and changing measures of success in school RE Researchers: Mairi Levitt, senior lecturer in the department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion at Lancaster University, and Fiona Muir, now teaching RMPS at...
Theory and practice
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A new settlement

Linda Woodhead explains why she and Charles Clarke felt that the time had come to define a new ‘settlement’ for the place and role of religion in English schools. Here, she summarises the contents of their pamphlet...
Theory and practice
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A life trying to ‘make sense of religion’

Over the past decade, as national adviser for RE at Ofsted, Alan Brine’s name has loomed large in the RE firmament. Having now relinquished that role (but certainly not an involvement in RE), we were delighted when...
Theory and practice
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Learning about children’s learning: One teacher’s journey

Gill Tewkesbury, who qualified in 2001 and has been an RE subject leader for most of the time since, became perplexed about how best to enable all children in her class to learn. Using a Farmington Fellowship to give her...
Instant RE
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The Devil’s RE

Sometimes the negative clarifies the positive. Do readers agree with these examples of the kind of RE the Devil might like? What would you add? At an open evening, or in a first lesson with older students, set up a...

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Support project New2RE continues to expand

NATRE was delighted to learn it had been successful in bids for grant funding from several different trusts, which will allow the New2RE scheme to continue into its third year and to expand. The programme is designed to...
On reflection
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RElics, RElevance and the RE classroom

A new year appeal – or reminder – to those who work in RE, in school departments or elsewhere. It’s scary just how close these two words appear to each other in the dictionary: ‘Relic – an object of interest...
Research
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Research update

A research project run by the Graduate School of Education at the University of Exeter, and funded by St Luke’s Trust, on ‘bridging the gaps’ in trainee and newly qualified teachers’ subject knowledge. This...
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A big step up for your RE in a single day

At RE Today, we believe we have a great way of lifting a whole school’s ambition and achievement in RE through whole-school professional development, often through clusters of school, multi-academy trusts and other...