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Thinking about substantive knowledge in two primary school contexts 

Knowledge’, ‘research’ and ‘substantive’ are just three of the many ‘Tier 3’ words on the lips of those within the RE/religion and worldviews community currently. Here, two educators, both working in the...

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Promoting epistemic literacy: knowledge and the case for tackling epistemic injustice as an aim for RE 

"Jo Fraser-Pearce is Associate Professor (Teaching) at IOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society, University College London. Jo has ten years’ experience teaching RE in maintained secondary schools in and around...

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What do we really mean by ‘personal knowledge’?

As teachers and researchers, we have explored the development of a religion and worldviews approach in theory and in practice. Here we bring together our shared reflections on the idea of ‘personal knowledge’ and...

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What next for RE? Some thoughts from After Religious Education

"Is RE really so terrible? A ‘tepid version of cultural studies where religion is transformed into a calendar of funny festivals, lighting candles and distinctive headgear … [taught by] teachers from other...

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Spirituality and RE in schools: learning from Living Difference IV

Dr Patricia Hannam and Justine Ball

Patricia Hannam was until November 2022 County Inspector/Adviser for RE, History & Philosophy in Hampshire. She holds an Honorary Research Fellowship at the University of...

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‘Suitcases of Faith’: exploring the potential of a Big RE Day

Helen Jones is an experienced primary RE subject leader and Early Years specialist. She is one of the primary hub leaders for Learn, Teach, Lead North West and, having completed Culham St Gabriel’s leadership...

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The role of RE in mitigating xenophobia: an educational approach

"Chris May is Head of Humanities at Park Community School in Havant, Hampshire."

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Disciplinary approach to RE

An investigation into whether an age-appropriate disciplinary approach to RE enables pupils from reception to Key Stage 4 to make connections and improve their depth of knowledge and understanding

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Teaching about Humanism and non-religiou worldviews

Luke Donnellan is the Director of Understanding Humanism at Humanists UK, where he is responsible for the development of education resources on Humanism and the provision of teacher training to support subject...

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Are you religious yourself?’

"Denise Cush is Professor Emerita of Religion and Education at Bath Spa University. Recent work has included: assisting with the RE Council’s continuing Worldviews project, providing subject knowledge resources for...

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NATRE curriculum symposium: teacher reflections 

Extending the theme of reflective professional dialogue, we introduce the practice of ‘collective writing’ to the pages of Professional REflection. This is an established practice used in the philosophy of...

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A dialogue reflecting on the symposium 

What is the value of public dialogue? Do we and our pupils gain anything from it? Engaging in dialogue with others can help us to create and recreate ourselves; it keeps our minds open to other possibilities. Dialogue...

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A NATRE curriculum symposium 

Secondary teacher and former Chair of NATRE Ben Woodgives us a two-part ‘behind the scenes’ view of the NATRE Curriculum Symposium that took place in Birmingham in November 2021. In the first part, he explains the...

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The Learning about Religions through Dialogue project 

Mark Plater has been professionally involved with RE teaching for nearly half a century, watching the political and educational shifts over time but always fascinated to learn how we might
do things better. He...

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Teaching and researching worldviews hospitably? 

In February 2018 I finally became a Doctor of Philosophy. When I embarked on my PhD research my youngest son was starting primary school; when I finished, he was beginning secondary school! I thought at the time,...

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Making RE accessible to all: an online dialogue about teaching RE to children with special educational needs and disabilities 

This article reports on an online dialogue about RE and special educational needs and disabilities that took place in autumn 2021 between Rebecca (Becky) Pearce, a primary school teacher and 2021–22 Farmington...

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Big Ideas for RE: the Next Phase

CENTRAL TO THE BIG IDEAS APPROACH ARE THE CONCEPTS OF TRANSFER AND RELEVANCE. IF YOUNG PEOPLE ARE TO ENGAGE WITH RE, THEY HAVE TO SEE THAT IT HAS SOME RELEVANCE FOR THEIR LIVES, WHETHER OR NOT THEY REGARD THEMSELVES...

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My life in RE

Geoff Teece