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Making every RE lesson count: our top tips

In our book Making Every RE Lesson Count (Crown House 2021) we apply the original six ‘Making every lesson count’ principles written by Andy Tharby and Shaun Allison to RE, drawing on research evidence to provide...

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Researching the religions and worldviews in RE: perspectives from inside a faith/worldview

Each issue of REtoday includes a set of pages from different writers to help RE teachers understand insider views. This issue is about RE and research, and we invited responses to the questions below from...

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Why do people today believe more in ghosts than gods?

Abby Day is Professor of Race, Faith and Culture in the Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London. She offers teachers of RE an explorer’s guide to the weird religious landscape of postmodern...

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How can teachers help to change negative public perceptions of RE?

Deborah Weston, Chair of the RE Policy Unit and a long-time servant of NATRE, shares her latest thinking about improving RE’s image.

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Working towards justice for Religion and Worldviews

Dr Kathryn Wright, CEO of the Culham St Gabriel’s Trust, which supports RE across the country, wants RE – maybe under a new name, ‘Religion and Worldviews’ – to be justly treated.

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Writing towards an anti-racist RE curriculum

Alexandra Brown is an RE teacher, academic and poet whose work focuses on theologies of liberation, Islam within the black American experience, and issues of social justice pertaining to gender, race, class and...

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Inside a faith

We invited people from different religions and worldviews to respond to some questions about this term’s theme of ‘religion and justice’. Why not give the questions we asked to your students and ask them to...

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What is Ofsted saying about RE?

Dr Richard Kueh is the recently appointed OFSTED national subject lead for Religious Education, coming to the job straight from leading and teaching RE across a family of schools. He’s taught primary and secondary...

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Why is forming a just society an Islamic imperative? A reflection

Dr Abdullah Sahin works at the University of Warwick. His work has strong international focus on Islamic education, examining the theological, philosophical, spiritual and pedagogic foundations of education in Islam....

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Questions: Do we need them in RS?

Anthony M. Nderitu teaches RE in Tiverton, Devon. He argues for a stronger questioning approach in RE.

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How can John Rawls’ ‘veil of ignorance’ be used to challenge students’ negative attitudes to homosexuality?

As an RS teacher at an all-girls, Church of England secondary school, I was very aware of the negative attitudes many students expressed towards homosexuality. This was based on their religious beliefs, as students...

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RE audit: 64 things that (can) happen in RE lessons

This is an RE audit tool for pupils aged 8–14. If you dare, copy the page of 64 ideas for your classes and ask them for their help in improving your school’s RE

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Inside a faith

We asked people from inside different faiths to write an article about their identity from these eight questions. Consider your own answers to the questions – jot down some notes. Then read the examples on the next...

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Green religions? Perspectives from world faiths and viewpoints for your students

This issue of REtoday focuses on themes around green issues, environmentalism and climate justice. Our religions and worldviews are rich in exploring these issues and the relation of humanity to the natural world. We...

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What is Ofsted saying about RE in England – and what can we learn from it?

As we write this, teachers are ‘working their socks off’ providing home learning in various forms for pupils as well as looking after disadvantaged pupils and pupils with key-worker parents. It has hardly been a...

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The problem of evil in the time of a pandemic: what lesson can we learn?

In this article I have aimed to interpret the problem of evil from a secular perspective as an alternative to the standard theodicies, in light of the recent events of the pandemic we are currently faced with. The...

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Is the Commission on RE a game-changer?

Trevor Cooling, Chair of the RE Council, predicts that the Commission on RE (CoRE) report will change the RE game in a worldviews direction for good.

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Building the Future of Primary Religious Education

There are continuing concerns about the time and focus given to the initial training of primary teachers in RE across all training routes (Ofsted 2013; APPG/REC 2013; CoRE 2018; NATRE 2018).

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REVIEW: Critical Friend – the Work of Governors in Church Schools

John Cox, Kevin Mayhew 2013,133pp, pbk, £12.99, ISBN 978-1-84867-589-6. It might sound hackneyed to label a book a ‘godsend’ but, as a newly appointed foundation governor, this release certainly proved more than...
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REVIEW: Family Time

Andrew Brannigan, Church of Ireland Publishing, 70pp, pbk, free, ISBN 978- 1-904884-41-5. www.cip.ireland.anglican.org This book is a free resource available online at www.familyfaith.co.uk or from selected booksellers....