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Commission on Religious Education

Evidence Gathering Session
The first of a number of evidence gathering sessions for the Commission on Religious Education (CoRE) will be held on Thursday 23 February 2017 at Grey Coats Hospital School in Westminster.  The aim of the meeting is to give people an opportunity to make their views known on Religious Education in schools and colleges for young people up to the age of nineteen. For more information about contributing to the session, please visit the Commission website. If you would like to attend the session as an observer, please let CoRE Project Manager Jon Reynolds know by emailing him at evidence@commissiononre.org.uk.

Call to Evidence survey
The Commission is also still collecting evidence through this survey. All responses to this call to evidence will be made available in full to all Commissioners but will not be published without your permission. When directed by CoRE, the secretariat of CoRE, provided by the REC, will provide an analysis of the responses. There is no restriction on the type of evidence that can be submitted, though CoRE believes that a degree of structure in the evidence is helpful.
 
The survey can be found at: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CoRECallforEvidence and will be available until 9.00am on 13th February.

More information
Visit the Commission on RE website to read the latest Commission newscontribute ideas and submit evidence to the Commission, and to sign up to receive news alerts.

RE State of the Nation research

NATRE and the REC have initiated the first nationwide project to collect information with a view to accurately reporting on how all ~4,500 state-funded secondary schools in England and Wales are making provision for religious education.

Schools have been sent a formal request via email for the required information, including a link to a short but comprehensive survey to complete, and other stakeholder groups like trade unions and Governors’ bodies will be contacted to explain the need for the survey. We will be outlining to them the importance of the data being collected for the future provision of RE and the benefits good quality RE offers to our young people, our communities, and society as a whole.

The results will allow REC/NATRE to create a snapshot picture of compliance across the country that will highlight examples of best practice and innovation that can be shared, as well as identify under-performing areas where additional future support can be targeted.

The data will be collected online during February, then collated and critically assessed, with the findings published during the summer term.

RE Teacher Recruitment Campaign

The teacher recruitment campaign is working with limited funds this year, but we are very keen to continue to get the message out to as many people as possible that RE teachers are needed in our schools!

Please download this PDF with five ways that you can support teacher recruitment, and feel free to share it with others!

Teach RE course: Support for Primary and Secondary NQTs

The Teach:RE course is tailored to teachers in particular stages of their career. The TeachRE:LITE course is designed for those in Primary ITT and NQTs to help with subject knowledge and expertise.The Secondary Teach:RE Complete course can help NQTs develop schemes of learning and resources to use in the classroom, or even help them plan and evaluate a field trip to a place of worship. For more details visit: http://www.teachre.co.uk/teach-re-course/course-options/ or email kathryn@cstg.org.uk.

Shap Calendar of Religious Festivals

The 2016 (September) to 2017 (December) Shap calendar is still available and is now going on SALE! For more details see the Shap website or contact admin@shapworkingparty.org.uk

New Bahá’í RE website

This new website aims to provide good quality and engaging materials to help teachers of RE explore the Bahá’í Faith with pupils across the primary and secondary age ranges.
 
The site provides basic information as well as freely downloadable presentations, lesson plans and schemes, ideas for activities, and links to other online resources.
 
Another aim of the Bahá’í RE website is to put teachers in contact with local Bahá’ís, who are happy to be invited to come into school and lead assemblies or participate in the classroom.
 
Follow this link to access the Bahá’í RE website.  If you have any queries or would like to provide feedback or suggestions for improvement, please e-mail the Bahá’í RE team at opa-re@bahai.org.uk or use the contact page on the site.

Hindu Council UK

In this video, the Hindu Council UK continues to explore philosophic and practical issues that youngsters struggle with at Eton College, such as: 
  • Should religions evolve to take into account changing society?
  • How does Hinduism relate to other religions?  
  • How does Hinduism handle challenges from rationality?
  • How do we stop violence in the name of religions?

RE Today courses

RE Today’s latest CPD opportunities are now up on the website. This terms courses cover an array of RE related topics suitable for teachers of all key stages.

Primary: Teaching 3 Religions, Creative Primary RE, Understanding Christianity and Help! I’m the RE Subject Leader
Secondary: GCSE RS renewed, Understanding Christianity

Visit the RE today website www.retoday.org.uk/courses  to find out more and book your place.

Hodder Education CPD courses

Hodder Education is offering subscribers to the REC newsletter a 15% discount for all of their teacher training day courses for those who book by 28 February 2017. Simply quote the discount code WF0004422 when making your booking to reduce your course fees by 15%.
Click here to view their course list.

RE PD Portal

The RE PD portal is managed by the REC and is a one-stop shop for teachers of RE to find out about professional development opportunities of all kinds. The portal includes a database of courses across the UK and online. If you are offering any PD courses, workshops, or other provisions over the next academic year, please get in touch or submit your opportunity using the submissions form. You can now also follow the RE PD Portal on Twitter @RE_PDPortal, to keep up-to-date with new PD opportunities. If you are a PD provider and would like to receive the half-termly call for submissions, sign up to the mailing list here

Hampshire launches new Religious Education Syllabus


A new Agreed Syllabus for the teaching of Religious Education in schools in Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton has been launched (December 2016). ‘Living Difference III’ builds on the approach to religious education which has been in use in this region since 2004, enriched by current educational research as well as philosophical and theological enquiry. 

Councillor Peter Edgar commented: "On behalf of the County Council, I would like to convey our thanks to the teachers and members of the respective SACREs to whom we are especially grateful for their work, as part of the working group, to ensure that we developed a syllabus that meets the needs of children and young people at this point of the 21st century, wherever they live. Good teaching in religious education will have a positive impact on the way children and young people think, speak and act in a complex and diverse world.” 

Living Difference III will provide the basis of good teaching in religious education. It will help children and young people to explore their own perspectives on life, understand what it can mean to live with a religious orientation, as well as considering other ways of life, including the non-religious, and foster awareness of the wide variety of ways of life in our local and national communities, and around the world. 

AREIAC and NASACRE Annual Conference

This year's joint AREIAC and NASACRE will be looking at the theme 'Religions are not Monoliths', exploring the contemporary liberal wings of Christianity and Islam. This conference aims to explore the ideas of Muslims and Christians that take what might be called a ‘liberal’ view. 

Date: Monday 6 March 2017, 10.00 – 15.45
Venue: Ibis Hotel (New Street), Arcadian Centre 21, Ladywell Walk, Birmingham, B5 4ST
Cost: AREIAC & NASACRE members: £75   Non-members: £90
Refreshments and lunch will be provided.
Click here to complete a booking form to reserve your place. 
Download the programme.

Strictly RE a sell-out success

Over 200 Religious Education teachers and professionals from across the UK attended Strictly REthe National Association of Teachers of RE’s national conference on the 28 January in London.

Strictly RE is designed to inspire and equip teachers and professionals of RE with knowledge, techniques and resources on how to deliver excellent RE, through key note speakers, a choice of over 18 interactive and thought provoking seminars, as well as opportunities to collaborate and share best practices with peers.

Key-notes on the day were delivered by Stephen Pett, National RE Today Adviser, who discussed 'Where do you stand on knowledge? Insider and outsider views on religion in RE' and Vanessa Ogden, Head teacher at Mulberry School, 'Civilisations are built in schools: the role and importance of RE in our 21st century world'.

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