Last word
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‘I–Thou’: the world, our students, ourselves

Words, words, words. They assault our ears. Long ones, short ones. Teacher talking, children shouting. They can deafen us, they can distract us. Yet, they can soothe us and inspire us. Where do they come from and what...
Research
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Research update – Research into the use of critical thinking within religious education at King’s College, University of London (UCL)

Researchers at King’s College, University of London and the UCL Institute of Education have been working hard looking at ways in which the pedagogy of Critical Religious Education (CRE) – credited to Professor Andy...
Events and resources
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World development: Alliance of Religions and Conservation and His Holiness Pope Francis speak up

Teachers tackling environmental issues will find it useful to keep abreast with the Alliance of Religions and Conservation. ARC co-ordinates the work of 11 different religion and faith groups in relation to environmental...
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...
Events and resources 5-14
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New RE programmes from the BBC for 5–7s and 11–14s

A BBC spokesperson said: ‘We have commissioned this new RE content to address a gap in our current teacher resource provision, but also [after] listening to teachers’ feedback about the type of resources they need to...
Theory and practice
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Postmodern religious criticism and worldview literacy

Young people in our schools are growing up in an increasingly complex globalised world, despite the attempts of some prominent political figures to reverse this. Given such a context, it is important that our students...

Events and resources 13-18
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Baked Alaska:

climate justice RE from Riding Lights Theatre Company for GCSE RS sections on green issues

Theory and practice
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What are worldviews and should Religious Education be re-framed as Worldview Studies?

One of the greatest challenges facing the current Commission on Religious Education is the question about the nature of the subject. Does it really matter what we call it? Historically, what we call RE has had a...

For the classroom 7-11
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Creation stories of the world:

We teach many creation stories, especially to younger children in the primary phase. However, older children can benefit from returning to well-loved creation stories and taking a sociological or psychological view,...

For the classroom 4-11
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Exploring experiences of prayer inspired by different faith communities around the world

At St Joseph’s Catholic Primary, Shrewsbury, English, art and outdoor learning are combined with RE to offer children and parents different experiences of prayer. In the words of teacher Helen Thorpe, the school...
Events and resources
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Ten animated faith stories for 4–7s and 26 shorts for 11–14s

The BBC has made this new RE content to address a gap in teacher resource provision and respond to teachers’ feedback about the type of resources they need to deliver RE. The primary resources cover all of the major...