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October 2015

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What’s new at the REC?

The month of September was full of meetings and conferences for the REC, who have been busy with NATRE and RE Today, putting RE on the map at the Party conferences. RE Council CEO Rudolf Eliott Lockhart is pictured below speaking to Tim Farron MP, leader of the Liberal Democrats. If you’re in Manchester, pop in for some light refreshments and engaging discussions on Monday 5 October at the Hilton Manchester, Deansgate from 14.00 - 15.30; we’ll be running a Question Time-style fringe event with a panel featuring Neil Carmichael MP, Chair of the Education Select Committee. Don’t forget to remind your MPs to visit our stand for a chat with the REC's CEO and NATRE members about RE, and to sign our pledge.
RE Council CEO Rudolf Eliott Lockhart with Tim Farron MP

RE Quality Mark

101 schools applied for the RE Quality Mark during the last academic year, and we've been getting some fantastic feedback from assessors about the excellent quality of RE they have been able to observe. Staff from REQM schools are now being invited to attend the third RE Quality Mark conference, to be held at Liverpool Hope University in February, featuring a keynote from Dr. Debra Kidd who will speak about 'Curriculum with Conscience'. The conference will offer teachers the opportunity to learn from others, including those who have taken part in classroom based research about how RE is having an impact on wider school development.
For more information about the RE Quality Mark, have a look at the website.

Teacher Recruitment: Beyond the Ordinary

Please take every opportunity to share the award-winning Beyond the Ordinary video with prospective teachers and also to Sixth Formers who may be considering a degree course in religious studies, philosophy or theology. We will update you with the impact of the campaign over the next couple of months.

Young Ambassadors' achievements in 2014-15

The Young Ambassadors' schools have recently been in touch to let us know of their work and achievements during the last academic year. Read about these by visiting the Young Ambassadors' news page on the REC website.

ISRSA Professional Development Day
and Annual Conference 2015

The Independent Schools' Religious Studies Association will be holding its annual conference at Southwark Cathedral on 9 November from 9.30am to 3.15pm, welcoming Baroness Cox as principal speaker, whose keynote will be on 'Regeneration: The Crucial Role of Religious Studies in Schools'.

Contact admin@isrsa.org.uk to book a place.

Hindu Council UK: Spirituality and Science 

The Hindu Council UK has produced a website which explores the links between cutting edge discoveries of modern science (Quantum in Physics and Consciousness in Neuroscience) and the concept of spirituality in the Hindu tradition. The link below contains talk at Oxford Physics Society; TED talk at Warwick University as well as talks on this theme recorded at Wellington College & Watford Grammar School - http://spiritualityandscience.co.uk/.

TeachRE course

We are delighted to be able to offer bulk buy packages (10 or more places) to organisations such as Diocese, regional hubs, universities and SACREs. Please do get in touch if you would like to consider this for a group of teachers in your local area. This year we are planning the launch of two new modules, one on effective curriculum planning, and the other on primary subject leadership.
Contact Kathryn Wright at kathryn@cstg.org.uk for more information.

British Museum exhibition - Egypt: Faith after the Pharoahs

The British Museum's autumn exhibition Egypt – Faith After The Pharaohs opens on 29 October. The exhibition details Egypt’s incredible journey over 12 centuries, as Jews, Christians and Muslims transformed this ancient land. It is a story charting the change from a world of many gods to the worship of one God. Many of the remarkable objects on display have never been seen before. For more information, visit the British Museum's website at the link above.

Barnabas in Schools: What's Money Worth?

Barnabas in Schools have just launched their new theme for the year, linking RE and Financial education in primary schools. ‘What’s Money Worth?’ explores the spiritual aspects of how we use money, using RE to draw out the Christian themes of Thankfulness, Generosity and Stewardship.  The project offering includes a creative arts Barnabas RE Day, the ‘Valuing Money’ teacher’s resource book, INSET/CPD for school staff, and free website lesson materials. For more information, please visit:
http://www.barnabasinschools.org.uk/whats-money-worth/

WASACRE: The Great Debate

The Wales Association of SACREs has been pleased to be involved in The Great Debate, Professor Donaldson's Curriculum Review. WASACRE is happy to report that it is currently in dialogue with Welsh Government regarding the  development of the new curriculum for Wales. 

Westhill Endowment Trust

Westhill has been busy in the past few months reviewing its grant application process to make it easier for applicants to approach us, to improve the consistency of our decision-making and to focus our investment in formal and informal religious education activities. As a result, we now have a standard grant application form, a new grant classification system and we also give all applicants (whether they're successful or not) a list of other grant funders who might be able to provide help.
For more information about the Westhill Endowment trust, visit their website.

RE PD Portal

The RE PD portal 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, conferences and meetings across the UK and online. New opportunities have recently been added to the portal and tweeted.
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