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It’s not what you know, it’s how you know it … Exploring religious knowledge, faith and reason in the classroom

Wendy Heydorn, RE and IB teacher in Sevenoaks, Kent, explores theory of knowledge for RE teachers.

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Tackling problems of prejudice

We interviewed Peter Tatchell, campaigner of equality for gay and lesbian people, to find out about his effective action for justice. This article may be useful for your students in examination classes studying issues of...
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Lapbooks for learning: a creative approach for all

Fatima Mamaniyat describes the project idea that has motivated her primary-age pupils to learn about spiritual architecture.

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Writing on both sides of the coin: the value of opinions and ideas

Whether you are working with bright 12-year-olds who like learning to argue, or exam entrants of 16 who still need to grasp that RE is never just about their own opinions, this simple classroom strategy can deliver big...
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Planned improvement in RE through ‘Reading the Cathedral’

A year’s RE project with 12 schools in the Diocese of Exeter

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Friends, rivals or pen pals?!

Thinking creatively about religion and science

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The Quality Mark in RE: overcoming problems

Tim Lee and Naomi Anstice’s schools have both achieved the RE Quality Mark (REQM), overcoming some problems many RE subject leaders face. We asked how they did it, and their practical responses feature below.

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10 great ways to use photos in RE

Claire Clinton is an RE adviser in Newham, runs her own company called RE Matters, and has been running a photography and RE competition, so her wise ideas on using still images are diverse. Here are ten good ones to...

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We ran our own RE and values day

The Editor likes to publish pupils’ own writing, and this article from pupils at Bishop Bridgeman CE Primary School in Bolton shows how, when it comes to RE and spiritual development, they are doing it for...

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Psalms in the infant school: creative and deep

Katie Freeman wanted pupils aged 6–7 at Hyde Park Infant School in Plymouth to think about the psalms from Jewish and Christian scripture. The topic looks challenging to begin with, but here is what happened,...

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A vision for revision: 20 fresh ideas for examination revision activities

At this time of year, secondary teachers are madly revising with their classes, and a set of fresh ideas may be welcome, so I asked a bunch of fine teachers of RE what their favourite revision strategy was, and how their...
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12 things to do for texty RE

Professor Bob Bowie of Christ Church University, Canterbury, wants RE to take the skills of interpretation more seriously, and use the methods of hermeneutics, the study of interpretation. Here are some ways to make it...
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Using sociological data in RE lessons

Jonny Lawson teaches RE in West Sussex. Some recent visions for RE have increasingly emphasised the subject’s need for multidisciplinary visions and ways of including work that uses sociology of religion with pupils....
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The (un)feminine divine

I love teaching Hinduism, most especially the story of Durga and her triumph over the demon Mahisha (symbol of self-delusion). I often ask students to create their own goddess who they think will be best equipped to deal...
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Heaven on Netflix? And in RE?

Stacey Burman and Julia Diamond-Conway suggest some clips and RE uses from the hit Netflix show The Good Place, which is set in heaven and written by people who seem to have degrees in philosophical theology. Michael...
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Ten fine ways to use visual images of Islam in the RE classroom

Stephen Pett, RE Today National Adviser, provides ten great ways to use vision and image in RE, with examples from Islam. Apply them to any faith community. These strategies can apply to any images within the RE...
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A neglected hero with a vision: St Paul of the Damascus Road

St Paul wrote 13 Bible books, and founded 22 churches across the Roman world in his lifetime. Was he the first Christian hero, or perhaps a kind of ultimate visionary in Christianity? Sheila Miller provides practical...
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Saint Teresa of Kolkata and the Beatitudes

Katie Freeman considers how the vision of Jesus from Matthew’s Gospel inspired the vision of Mother Teresa, now sainted by the Catholic Church. Could your 10-year-olds tackle this depth of learning? In the autumn term...
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‘Without a vision the people perish.’ How RE can transform your pupils’ understanding of a school’s mission statement

Fundamental to our vision to educate for life in all its fullness, we are inspired by the Old Testament leader Nehemiah’s example for how to build our school community where all are valued, all contribute and all...
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Learning Christianity with Persona Dolls

Helen Jones teaches at Oxton Saint Saviour’s School on the Wirral. She shares her learning journey with persona dolls as aids to teaching Christianity. I started using persona dolls after we introduced Understanding...