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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...

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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...
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...
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Events What’s going on in the RE community

From the NATRE Chair:
Wisdom, ancient and modern

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’,...
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....
Opinion
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Recently I decided to start something new … Wandering and wondering

Every morning straight after the register is taken, the children are taken out to experience a ‘nature walk’. Gerry Winnall teaches in Bolton. Her fresh idea for wise learning with her 5-6-year-olds will challenge...
Theory and practice
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‘Learn/Teach/Lead RE’: a story of teachers’ successful subject leadership

The many educational changes in recent years have had a profound effect on RE in general and on support for RE in particular. Linda Rudge outlines how this led to the setting up of a multi-faceted support and training...

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From the NATRE Chair: The Devil and all his works …

The theme of this edition of REtoday is ‘The Devil and all his works …’, and it seemed an invitation to reflect on a few of the evils of our school lives (and suggest a few ways of easing our pain). Many teachers...
On reflection
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On reflection: Judo RE

A sideways look at any phenomenon is always illuminating. Take judo and RE, for example… I am not aware whether anyone has brought RE and judo together before. My simple hope, therefore, is that this original article...
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...
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...

For the classroom 7-14
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Pupil voice in RE

Rachel Kemp used her Farmington Fellowship to explore what her pupils say about RE. Any school would benefit from a ‘pupil voice’ project in RE like this one: do you really know how pupils perceive our subject? Each...
Research
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Research update

In this edition of Research update Dr Patricia Hannam discusses her work with Brunel University, which focuses on what she feels are the forgotten dimensions of RE. This is followed by an overview of Research for RE, the...
For the classroom 5-11
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Using creative methods to teach RE at Little Thurrock Primary School

Ruth Gedalovitch teaches in Thurrock, and participated in a three-and-a-half-day CPD course called ‘Excellent RE’, aimed at transforming RE practice across a whole school in a bespoke way. It was run by Thurrock...

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‘Why do we have to do this, Miss?’ Reflections of an RE addict

Over the past decade, we have asked a number of people who have made a significant contribution to RE over their professional lives to write a retrospective. In such a piece, as Helen Harrison wonderfully illustrates, we...