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CoRE Interim Report

The Commission on Religious Education has now met for three residential meetings in each of the terms in this academic year. The Commission has also travelled around England for evidence gathering sessions in...
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Superbook Schools

Gizmo, the popular robot, is the star attraction in a new resource for primary school RE, available free at www.superbookschools.org. Milly Smart from Superbook Schools says: ‘Superbook is similar to the magic key...

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Baked Alaska:

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

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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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Friends and Heroes

Friends and Heroes programmes handle big issues such as people trafficking, child labour and disability … Have you heard of Friends and Heroes? An exciting animated TV series featuring the adventures of Macky and...
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What is the Understanding Christianity project?

Books at Press said, ‘The key purpose of this project is to help all teachers support pupils in developing their own thinking and their understanding of Christianity, as a contribution to their understanding of the...
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Pupil conferences for your school from RE Today advisers

Advisers Kate Christopher, Lat Blaylock and Julia Diamond-Conway run pupil conferences for children aged 7–19 around the country, and your school might benefit from such an event. Often, these conferences bring up to...
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Martin Luther: having some fun!

Described as ‘Horrible Histories meets Monty Python’, A Monk’s Tale is a lively commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the publication of Luther’s 95 Theses in 1517, told through witty sketches and songs in...

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Sources of Wisdom: free new resources for GCSE Religious Studies

Among the challenges that the new 9–1 GCSE specifications bring with them are an increased focus on sacred texts in teaching, and an expectation that students will be able to show how the beliefs and practices of...
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We need to talk about RE: manifestos for the future of religious education

Mark Chater and Mike Castelli have edited this new collection of essays, to be published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers in October. A glittering array of contributors consider the future of RE, seeking to chart a path...
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Reforming RE: from the NATRE Chair

Elsewhere in this edition of REtoday you have read about ‘reforming religion’. For NATRE it is also a time of reform and change. As we approach the end of 2017 we are reviewing the successes of our present Executive...
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The seventh-century Trumpington Cross displayed in Cambridge

A 1,300-year-old gold cross found buried with the body of an Anglo-Saxon teenager in Trumpington Meadows, Cambridgeshire, is to go on display in Cambridge. The Trumpington Cross is made of gold and garnets and was found...
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RE Definitions: a app for RE teachers

RE Definitions is a app for RE teachers that gives handy access to the pronunciation and meaning of more than 200 key terms. As an app on mobiles and tablets, and as a website for computers, it’s for nonspecialists who...
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Events What’s going on in the RE community

This is my final column as Chair of the National Association of Teachers of RE (NATRE) Executive. It has been a genuine privilege and an honour to lead the group of committed RE professionals that forms the Executive...

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STRICTLY RE:

Over 275 RE teachers and professionals attended Strictly RE, NATRE’s annual conference, on 27 January 2018 in central London. We welcomed delegates from all over the UK, as well as from as far afield as Cyprus and...

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Resources

A well-presented book that teachers may find useful to inform them of the meanings and pronunciation of the 99 names of Allah. The book also gives much further insight into Islam with stories and explanations of key...

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Resources

A compilation of psalms, poetry, stories and prayers to mark the centenary of the First World War, beautifully illustrated with contemporary artwork, this is testament to the men who faced death on the battlefield....

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Schools events from the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion

Questions about the interactions between science and religious faith are some of the most common and most important in today’s society. Children as young as 3 ask questions that require appreciation of these...

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Christian Aid:

Global Neighbours, a new award scheme for primary schools In January 2018 Christian Aid is launching Global Neighbours, an accreditation scheme for primary schools, in partnership with the Church of England Education...
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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...