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Tackling Islamophobia

One thing that really troubled me in our ‘all white’ rural secondary school was that every time I mentioned Muslims, someone would always cough ‘terrorist’. I needed to challenge this attitude immediately. The...
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What is a Prayer Trail? Could you create one in your school?

Rachel Spadaccini, RE subject leader at Gilmorton Chandler Church of England Primary School in Leicestershire, wanted more opportunities for pupils to explore the spiritual. Basing the work on interpreting one verse from...
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Higher standards for 9–11s: Interpretation and insight into rules for living

Rebecca Thompson teaches in Bournemouth. On a course about assessing RE she noted that her brightest pupils in Year 5 and 6 were tackling tasks at level 6 in English, so why not in RE? She returned to school, set up a...
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When pupils experience loss, what helps?

‘Peter must forget the comedy act and get down to serious work.’ That was an extract from my school report! I sometimes share it with students that I am working with. I was 11 years old at the time and living with my...
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A vision of dialogue in the RE classroom and beyond

Do you teach students to neglect understanding? I want to ask what sort of dialogue about religion we should have within and beyond the classroom. Today, religion is perennially ‘in the dock’. Richard Dawkins has...
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Cultural capital that makes a world of difference: re-building self-esteem

Vicky McDowell shares her experience from a special school. Anxiety, in all its forms, is worn as a protective layer around all of my Key Stage 3 and 4 students; indeed, an EBD (Emotional and behavioural difficulties)...
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Is what you see what you get?

Julie Grove has served on the RE Today Editorial Team for more than a decade. Here she reflects on our vision and our interpretations. Although there is a mystical interpretation of the word ‘vision’, it also relates...
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Leaders in Sikh religion and leaders in school

Rachel Buckby wondered if studying the good leadership of Guru Nanak with her 7–8s might lead to some useful thinking about her school’s need for a new head teacher. The pupils felt this was useful! We were learning...
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Early Years RE provocations: lots of ideas for early learning RE

Pastures Way is a nursery school in Luton, a town rich in religious diversity. In a town full of diversity, teaching of religious studies is important, but even more essential is teaching of acceptance. In the early...
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A seriously thoughtful approach to Holy Week and Easter

The thinking skills structure called ‘Responsibility pies’ is useful for analysing any complex phenomenon where responsibility can be attributed to multiple parties. Who is responsible for the whales that die in...

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Markers: Anne Krisman explores spiritual response special school settings

Markers: how our pupils with complex needs respond spiritually

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Good Muslims treat all animals with kindness

The Hadith: a Hadith is a saying or example of the Prophet, remembered and written down to help Muslims know how to live. Here is one example:

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Why don’t you copy this? Education and Faith in Kirklees, Calderdale and Leeds

Helen Rivers of Kirklees Education reports on an innovative educational initiative aiming to bring West Yorkshire schools and faith communities together in a positive partnership. The ‘Faith and Education’ project...

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Reflective storytelling with 6- and 12-year-olds

Kathryn Taylor works with pupils of both primary and secondary age. Her use of reflective storytelling methods shows an interesting progression in learning and thinking across the age groups. Reflective storytelling for...
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Wisdom and independence for pupils with additional needs

Jo Richardson, Pamela Donoghue-Freeburn and their colleagues at Bishop John Robinson CE Primary School in Thamesmead have set up a ‘wisdom room’ for pupils with additional learning needs. The school aims to meet all...
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Showcasing RE

Here we introduce a new series of pages directed at heads, governors or senior leadership teams (SLTs). This edition has a primary focus but over time we will represent both primary and secondary phases of education....
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StoryStack: a resource using upside-down cups for children to tell Bible stories

Sue Clutterham used to be a teacher and now works for Archway Trust as a local mission partner, in association with Scripture Union. Her work with children and families includes working in rural primary schools,...

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Where is God? A Sikh story

His majesty was puzzled. He thought to himself, ‘A great king
like me should not just be able to win battles and make laws.
I ought to be able to make sense of life.’ Every time he went
to the...

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Concepts from Sikhs and Buddhists: making creative sense of wisdom

Suzanne Parker teaches at Putteridge in Luton. She wanted her pupils to be more creative and more thoughtful in RE, so after teaching a sequence of lessons on the big ideas in Buddhism and Sikhism, she set them a task...
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What is wisdom?

To introduce the concept of wisdom, the teacher asked the opening question: ‘What is wisdom?’ One pupil, Callum, replied: ‘There’s a story about Solomon that will help us.’ What does the word wise mean? Pupils...