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Events What’s going on in the RE community

Daniel Hugill, NATRE chair: authentic religion, authentic RE The current NATRE Executive will continue to work hard in its current form until March 2018, but it is time for us to cast our nets for the next batch of...
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Resources

Edited by Jane Brooke Age range: adult Pause for Thought Author: Various contributors Foreword by Chris Evans and Vanessa Feltz Editor: Rebecca Shepherd Watkins Publishing, 2016, 176pp, PB, £12.99 ISBN:...
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GCSE RS lessons for you from Christian Aid

Watch out for Christian Aid’s brand-new learning resources specifically designed to support teaching Christianity on all GCSE specifications. With the charity named on several specifications, these six lessons address...
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TrueTube wins a BAFTA

TrueTube wins a BAFTA Lots of RE teachers love TrueTube, and will be glad to hear of this richly deserved award. The winners of the British Academy Children’s Awards were announced at the ceremony, which was hosted by...
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Professor Robert Jackson honoured in Norway

Professor Robert Jackson was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim in the spring. The degree was awarded in recognition of Professor Jackson’s contributions to...
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‘The Art of the Brick: DC Super Heroes’ – as sources of inspiration

Do LEGO superheroes help pupils understand inspirational people? A common RE topic about inspiring people often looks at Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa or Aung San Suu Kyi. Pupils need to consider what makes a person...
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What is the impact of Prayer Spaces in Schools?

Teachers of RE will be interested in the work of Prayer Spaces in Schools (PSIS), a widely used initiative through which Christian visitors to schools can set up opportunities for young people to engage with activities...
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AREIAC news What does a SACRE do, and who is on it?

‘What does a SACRE do, and who is on it?’ I was asked by a teacher who was about to start some consultancy work to support SACRE. I realised that there was a large gap between the classroom and consultancy in RE. Not...
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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...
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Orkney finds

You can still catch up with Britain’s Ancient Capital: Secrets of Orkney, an exploration of Neolithic religion in the Orkneys by Neil Oliver and a BBC team who recently carried out an archaeological dig on the island....
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Baked Alaska: climate justice RE from Riding Lights Theatre Company

These new school RE resources for students aged 13–18 raise challenging questions about climate justice through video clips from the Baked Alaska stage show, and provide many free lesson plans and resources for GCSE...
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Defending religion?

‘Religions cause wars, don’t they, sir?’ is a familiar refrain in an RE classroom. It is a seductive idea. Students study the Crusades and can take away the idea that this was a Christianity vs. Islam conflict....
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Resources

Happiness in this Life Author: Pope Francis translated by Shaun Whiteside Publisher: Bluebird Press £14.99 ISBN: 9781509886500 An interesting and insightful book for adults although possibly too devotional for the...
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Lift the Lid – every teacher resourced, every pupil inspired

Planning and preparing for a lesson on Christianity couldn’t be easier with Lift the Lid resources. There is a wealth of innovative and stimulating resources to help deliver exciting and inspiring lessons. Designed for...
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NASACRE news

In May NASACRE held its annual general meeting and annual conference in Manchester. We heard from Peter Bull, an inspirational head of RE at a high school in Liverpool, about how he has worked with Liverpool SACRE to...
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“Big Questions in Classrooms: multidisciplina” “RE”

RE Today has begun a major new partnership with the Templeton World Charity Foundation for Big Questions in Classrooms, a project that will benefit all NATRE members. Via this planned three-year resourcing project, we...
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RE provision grows atEdge Hill University

Edge Hill University has long been recognised as a Centre of Excellence for RE. For many years there has been a very popular PGCE Secondary RE course at Edge Hill, which also offers the unique three-year BA (Hons)...
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New research into critical religious education

New research into criticalreligious education Angela Wright Newly published, Critical Religious Education in Practice by Christina Easton, Angela Goodman, Andrew Wright and Angela Wright (Routledge 2019) suggests that...
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Bliks and worldviews

The concept of a worldview is one that forms a crucial part of the recommendations in the Commission on RE’s report. It is also a term that can be controversial and one that isn’t easy to define (not bad things in...

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Relationships matter:

Peace Education for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development Sam Spencer and Amanda Lees are teachers at Erdington Hall Primary School in Birmingham. Here they share their experiences of developing peacemaking...