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The RE Council:updates

The promotion of a conversation about a worldview approach to RE as outlined in the new vision recommended by the Commission on RE, is at the heart of the REC’s current work. In one sense this is a radical new...

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One discipline, many methods? A contribution to the debate about disciplines in RE/Religion and Worldviews: Part 2

This is the second part of the article by Denise– the first was published in the Summer 2021 issue (Volume 38, Number 3, pp. 53–58) and drew largely from her experience as an academic working in the field of...

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Finding a place for philosophy

RE professionals are very familiar with the inclusion of philosophy of religion and ethics into the secondary curriculum. Indeed some secondary departments refer to themselves as Philosophy and Ethics rather than...

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Revolution in RE: the 50th anniversary of Schools Council Working Paper 36: Religious Education in Secondary Schools

In his editorial to the Spring 2021 edition of this journal (Volume 38, Number 2), Geoff Teece referred to the publication of Schools Council Working Paper 36 as a possible paradigm shift in thinking about RE. Such a...

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Using cognitive science to support children’s learning

This article grew out of an exciting professional development opportunity and a personal interest in the use of cognitive science to support children’s learning. As a primary RE lead, Deborah was given the...

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Labelling – an essential mess

We have all become increasingly aware over the years of the need to reflect diversity within religions when we teach RE. In more recent times there has been a growing interest in what some have called ‘nones’:...

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One discipline, many methods? A contribution to the debate about disciplines in RE/Religion and Worldviews: Part 1

We have been privileged in Professional REflection to be able to publish a number of thought-provoking articles arising from the Commission on RE report, including recent pieces from Trevor Cooling and Joyce Miller....

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‘Sacrificing the Bible?’ The contested place of the Bible in examined RS

Following almost 30 years as an RE teacher, department head, senior lecturer and PGCE course director, Lynda Maddock is now the Subject Officer for GCSE RS at the WJEC (and Eduqas in England). She holds an...

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RE and community cohesion: what are we looking at?

As we all know, one of the aims and purposes of RE, certainly since Tony Blair’s Secretary of State for Education Charles Clarke took an interest in the subject, has been to contribute towards community cohesion....

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Religion and Worldviews in practice

In the second of our reflections on the Commission on RE Final Report, former Commission member Joyce Miller draws from her own formative experiences as a teacher of RE in the 1970s to provide us with two rich ideas...

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Paradigm shift or shuffling of content? Reflections on, and suggestions for, development of the Commission on RE Final Report

In the first of two articles reflecting on how the National
Entitlement included in the Commission on RE Final
Report might be implemented, Trevor Cooling gives
us an insightful analysis that draws...

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Sacred landscapes and philosophical gardens: RE as a response to climate change

The world is dealing with two huge crises at the moment. We have the immediate crisis caused by Covid-19 and the continuing ecological crisis caused by greenhouse gases, and we know that young people have increasingly...

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A pedagogy of belonging for RE

In this reflective piece David Aldridge poses some very interesting questions and possibilities regarding what really counts as teachers’ subject knowledge within the context of understanding something about the...

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‘Ah, now I see!’ Why the metaphors we use for ‘understanding’ in RE matter

In this article Karen Walshe shares with us the fruits of her recent research into the use of metaphors when people talk of understanding. This has significant importance for RE as much of the subject’s literature...

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From unconscious incompetence…? A personal journey to understanding spiritual development

The requirement that all education contributes to children’s and young people’s spiritual development, as well as RE’s particular role in this, continues to fascinate. In this article, Georgia Prescott tells

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A landscape of distinct practices: teaching a deeper Buddhism

How does a teacher engage with a religious tradition so that it can be presented in an engaging manner yet with accuracy and authenticity? Here, Rae Hancock talks through some of the issues that she has had to work...

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Welcoming poetry into RE

The image of students of RE as ethnographers was presented by Eleanor Nesbitt in the journal REsource some years ago. Now, eight years on, she presents the image of students of RE as potential (if not actual)...

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The place of knowledge in RE

Under the previous Secretary of State for Education’s watch, the role of acquiring knowledge in education has received high profile. Here, drawing on the experience of working on a succession of Cornish agreed...

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Passing through the mirror: making time and space for reflection and reflexivity

What better way could there be of beginning the Professional REflection section of the new-style REtoday than with an article exploring the nature – indeed, the necessity – of reflection itself?

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Dialogue with difference in primary schools

This research was undertaken by Dr Anne Margaret Moseley at the WRERU and was sponsored by Culham St Gabriel’s and the Hockerill Foundation. www.storytent.online As you are probably tired of hearing me say, one of main...