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March 2018

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Upcoming RE Council Meetings in 2018

Annual General Meeting: 
10th May, 11am - 4pm
Location: Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL.

Second Regular General Meeting:
Date: 7th November, 11am - 4pm
Location: Jewish Museum London, 129-131 Albert Street, London, NW1 7NB

RE Quality Mark news

The RE Quality Mark is a REC project celebrating good RE in schools across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. REQM award holders (see our map) are being surveyed for their comments on the impact of the award and suggestions for its future development.

Assessor training
The next assessor training session in London (26th June). 

REQM conference and events
REQM is pleased to announce a series of events open to award holders receiving their award since February 2017. Details of subsidised or free places at conferences and events around England and Wales will be announced on the website shortly.  Details of award holders are also updated regularly on

FREE REQM assessments
Thanks to generous funding from The Westhill Trust the RE Council is able to offer FREE RE Quality Mark assessments to a limited number of schools in the West Midlands, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Shropshire, Worcestershire and Herefordshire. A grant from the St Matthias Trust means we can also offer subsidised REQM assessments to eligible schools in Bristol, Bath and Wells, Gloucester and Somerset.

For updates, please follow the REQM on Twitter @REQualityMark.

Beyond the Ordinary campaign

Last month the RE Council put out a press release regarding the shortage of specialist RE teachers. There was a lot of media interest, outlets that picked up the piece include:

Commission on Religious Education

The Commission for Religious Education met on Thursday 1 March at St Katharine’s. Limehouse in the East End of London.  Despite the Beast from the East, all Commissioners scheduled to attend managed to arrive at the venue, though many had bad journeys there and more had  bad journeys home.  The Commission looked further at the proposed statement of National Entitlement for Religious Education and discussed the issue of accountability in the subject.  We were joined for and hour and then over lunch by the Rt Hon Charles Clarke, former Secretary of State for Education and Linda Woodhead, Professor of Sociology of Religion in the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion at Lancaster University. Charles and Linda talked about their work together on a new settlement for Religious Education.

REC member organisations are kindly requested to encourage their members and colleagues to keep up-to-date with the work of the Commission on Religious Education (CoRE) by subscribing to the REC newsletter (this can be done at the bottom of the REC homepage), or by checking the latest news on the Commission’s website , and following the Commission on Twitter @CommissionOnRE

Hindu Council UK: Presentation on Religious Pluralism

The Hindu Council have produced a presentation on the issue of Religious Pluralism and the role it may play in preventing religious extremism.

Click here to view the video on YouTube.

Institute of Jainology

Last month the Institute took part in a 'Tweetathon' co-ordinated by the the Department of Communities and Local Government and NHS Blood and Organ Transplant, reaching almost 1.4 million Twitter users in order to raise awareness of Organ donation and its need especially in the black, Asian and minority ethnic communities. To understand more about the Jain perspective on this matter please see

Mahavir Jayanti
On 28th March 2018, the Institute will be celebrating 'Mahavir Jayanti' - birth of the 24th Jina, Mahavira - at the House of Commons. To learn more about the festival visit our Jain encyclopaedia here ( 
The annual OneJAIN Lifetime Achievement Award will also be presented at the event. Look out for the latest news on

World Congress of Faiths Symposium 21st March 2018

‘Spirituality, dialogue and action: new thinking for an interfaith society’ takes place on 21st March 2018 at the Focolare Centre for Unity. This is a full day symposium of presentations, discussion and exploration for the future.

Presentations & small group workshops on:
  • ‘Spiritual but not religious’ - Leader: Barney Leith OBE
  • 'Inter-generational issues in interfaith practice' - Leader: Ben Shapiro, 3FF
  • 'Challenges and innovation' - Leader: Jenny Ramsden, Touchstone
Please click here for further details and registration form. 

20:20 RE: Practice, Policy and Powerful Knowledge

Four RE professional associations are collaborating to produce an exciting conference on Religious Education and we invite proposals for seminars and workshops. The Association of RE Advisers, Inspectors and Consultants (AREIAC), the Association of University Lecturers in Religion and Education (AULRE), the National Association of SACREs (NASACRE) and the National Association of Teachers of RE (NATRE), along with Culham St Gabriel's Trust, are working together at a time of crucial change, development and opportunity for RE.

Date: Saturday 13 – Sunday 14 October 2018
Venue: De Vere Cranage Estate Hotel, Crewe
Cost: £175, with a concessionary rate for serving teachers presenting and delegates new to the national scene.

The aim of the conference will be to enhance the quality of religious education by drawing together professionals in RE – teachers at primary, secondary and special schools, academics, researchers, advisers, and providers of professional development. All delegates will be able to access the new subject knowledge, practical and research insights that can promote a more religiously literate society based on shared values. 

The conference organisers warmly invite proposals for a practical workshop, academic seminar, or talk, in one of the breakout sessions. We will consider all proposals and reserve the right to accept, reject or combine proposals where appropriate.

Jewish Museum: Outreach Loan Boxes

Our specially designed curriculum based loan boxes bring authentic Jewish objects into your classroom to support your students to learn about belief and practice in Judaism. 

‘My pupils loved it! The chance to interact with authentic artefacts from the Jewish faith is rare for them.’ – KS2 Teacher, Worcestershire

Early Years & KS1
Topics: Welcome to Judaism, Special Words, Jewish New Year, Shabbat, Special People, Hanukah 

Topics: Welcome to Judaism, The Ten Commandments, Synagogue, Sukkot, Havdalah, Mezuzah & Other Jewish Symbols

KS3, 4 & 5
Topics: Welcome to Judaism, Kashrut Laws, Marriage, Charity and Social Justice, Nature of God, Rosh Hashanah/Yom Kippur

Interested in Booking?
Next Steps
1. You need to be an outside of London school
2. Decide which Term works best with your scheme of work
3. Contact us by email or phone: / 020 7284 7384

AREIAC Conference 2018: ‘REflecting Plurality in RE’

The Association of RE Advisers Inspectors and Consultants (AREIAC) summer conference will be taking place in Bristol on 2nd and 3rd July 2018.

The theme this year is 'REflecting plurality in RE’ and speakers include Denise Cush, Professor of Religion and Education at Bath Spa University; Bob Jackson, Emeritus Professor, University of Warwick; and Dr Farid Panjwani, Director, Centre for Research and Evaluation in Muslim Education (CREME), UCL Institute of Education, University College London.

Delegates can attend for one or both days and the conference is open to anyone interested in promoting excellence in RE.

For more information and to make a booking please contact conference organiser Gill Vaisey at or visit the AREIAC website

AULRE 2018: Framing Knowledge, Power and the Professional and AULRE AGM

AULRE 2018: Framing Knowledge, Power and the Professional  (including the AULRE AGM with elections) will be taking place at Heythrop College, London, UK, on 10th - 11th May (starting around mid-day of the 10th and finishing by 5 pm on the 11th) 

Keynote speakers: Professor Julian Stern (York St John University); Dr Daniel Moulin-Stożek (Daniel Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, University of Birmingham. 

Panel discussion on knowledge-based curriculum design including Dr Mark Chater (Director of Education, Culham St Gabriels) and Dr Barbara Wintersgill (Editor of Big Ideas for RE and other keynotes to be confirmed.

The call for papers is open with 14th February being the deadline for abstract submissions. Abstracts should be sent to Confirmation of acceptance will be given within 7 working days of receipt of abstracts (excluding public holidays). The conference cost will be around £150 excluding overnight accommodation. For information, visit the AULRE website.

Teaching about Christianity as a world faith in RE

Where in the world? is an active 2-hour CPD session from Barnabas in Schools for primary teaching staff, that explains how to creatively teach about Christianity as a world faith, using a broader, more diverse range of expressions to those normally experienced in the UK. The course’s resource book has recently been accredited for use with the National Society’s Understanding Christianity project. A similarly-themed Barnabas RE Day of drama, storytelling and discussion is also available for lessons in primary schools and academies.

 Funding and Professional Development for RE teachers

Culham St Gabriel’s Trust exists to support and promote excellence in RE. Here are some ways we and our partners might help you and your colleagues:

RE Professional Development Portal

All the latest professional development opportunities in RE are tweeted and retweeted via the RE PD Portal Twitter account @RE_PDPortal.

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. If you are a PD provider and would like to receive the half-termly call for submissions, sign up to the mailing list here
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