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June 2018

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Upcoming RE Council Meetings in 2018

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

'Religious Literacy' Facebook Quiz

Ever wondered how religiously literate you are? Click here to take our new Facebook quiz and find out!

Please feel free to share this link within your own forums / social media pages.

RE Quality Mark news

The RE Quality Mark continues to provide schools (all sectors and phases) to celebrate great RE.  Recent awards to schools can be seen here.
A team of assessors around England, Wales and Northern Ireland is in place to visit schools for the award, including new assessors who have joined us this year, some from Gold Award schools.  The final date for assessor training this year is June 26th in London. For further information, please contact Ffion at There will be further training October 12th in Birmingham, this is expected to be the only regular assessor training in 2018-19.
Places are still available on several events for award holders and other partners. Details are on the website.  These events are generously supported by the Hockerill Education Foundation. 
Details of some grants to support schools in their applications are also on the website.
For updates, please follow the REQM on Twitter @REQualityMark.

Commission on Religious Education

The next meeting of the Commission on Religious Education will take place on Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 June at the Royal foundation of St Katharine, Limehouse, East London. The Commissioners will be taking forward the work on the Final Report which will be published in the Autumn. This builds on the work of the Interim Report.  If you would like a copy of the Interim Report, please contact Ffion Cook at

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's contribution at Warwick University

Students at Warwick University had some pointed questions to ask about role and
relevance of Hinduism in our times.  Questions including:
(1) Why are youngsters moving away from Religion?
(2) Are Hindus fixated on Scriptures like the Vedas?
(3) How does Hinduism relate to Cricket and Bollywood?

Click here to view the video on YouTube.

SHAP Working Party Calendar

The 2018/19 Shap working party calendar in eCal or A2 Wall Chart options will be available from late July. This calendar used by schools, colleges, universities, hospitals, prisons, chaplaincies, places or worship and local authorities, and in several countries is recognised as the best festivals calendar on the marker. Covering 13 faiths notable dates and with space for your own additions this is an essential additional to your staffroom, office or place of worship. Prices and ordering information available at the shap website or following us on Twitter at @shapcalendar.

ISKCON Educational Services

We are working on a visual resource on Hindu cosmology and are looking for questions from teachers and students of RE regarding this subject matter.
Please email your questions to or alternatively click here

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.

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.

If you have not as yet booked your place and wish to do so please book now by either contacting Gill Vaisey, Conference Organiser at or visit the AREIAC website to download the booking form.

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.  There will also be a range of workshops, updates and time for discussion and reflection on current issues.

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

NATRE: Shared Space Residential

It is often claimed that RE can contribute to positive community relations. If this is indeed the case, how can it be tested, and how could it be done?

A 24- hour residential conference will bring together teachers form both Primary and Secondary phases, alongside academic researchers and advisers to debate and explore this question.

When?    29th- 30th June 2018
Where?   Woodbrooke Study Centre, Birmingham, B29 6LJ
How do I apply?   Complete booking form by clicking here.

This is a Westhill-funded project in association with NATRE and the University of Bristol.

World Congress of Faiths: Interfaith Practice: Current Research and Future Action

A conference on 3 July 2018, 9.30am to 4.00pm at Allia Future Business Centre, Peterborough, PE2 8AN
The World Congress of Faiths’ student-led conference is open to all, and a great opportunity to hear about the latest in interfaith research,share ideas and information, and put your own questions to a panel of practitioners and other experts.
Register now by clicking here. Contact and information: or 01223 781781


Sea of Faith Annual Conference

The Sea of Faith Annual Conference this year is entitled, "The Necessity of Hope".  Our guest speaker is Richard Norman, Emeritus Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Kent and Vice-President of Humanists UK.  He is co-editor with Anthony Carroll of “Religion and Atheism: Beyond the Divide”, a book he describes as being all about Dialogue.  The SOF speaker is Dinah Livingstone whose talk is entitled “Hope for Humanity – A Theology of Liberation and the Beautiful City”.  Dinah is a poet, translator and editor of Sofia magazine.  Her most recent publication is “The Making of Humanity – Poetic Vision and Kindness”.   
Our Conferences are informal affairs, a mix of talks, workshops and presentations. Those who attend are a friendly crowd, and much can be gained not just from the “set pieces” but also from the opportunities it offers to meet together in the free time slots, the bookshop we run, over meals and in the bar. 
The conference will be held from 24th to 26th July 2018 at Leicester University. Further details and booking forms can be found here

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.

Jewish Museum: Connected Learning: Schools’ Outreach Loan Boxes

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new curriculum focused Object Loan Boxes available to schools outside London from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 5. Three loan boxes will be available across the key stages, each with six curriculum based themes. The KS1 Loan Box focuses on People and Festivals. The KS2 Loan Box focuses on Beliefs and Community. The Loan Box for KS3, 4, & 5 focuses on the Nature of God, Social Justice, and Practice.
Our new intro film and information on how to book can be found here.

Understanding Humanism Teachers Conference

Following the success of last year's RE teachers conference, we will be running another this year.
This day of FREE CPD will include a series of stimulating seminars and workshops for primary and secondary teachers, subject leaders, and headteachers, designed to enhance teachers’ subject knowledge of humanism (a non-religious worldview) and secularism, and support them with practical ideas for the classroom.
Tuesday 10 July 2018, 09.30 - 16.30
Conway Hall, London
Find out more and register your place here


‘Solarity’ Religion and Philosophy Club sessions

Solarity is an out-of-school-hours philosophy and religion club that aims to help children and young people think about and explore a variety of life’s questions in ways that go beyond the usual school curriculum. There are different sessions for 5-7, 7-11 and 11-16 year olds, all designed to encourage them to develop their own ideas, values and identities. The materials can be used by teachers and youth group leaders and may be of interest to parents/carers looking to supplement their children’s education at home.

They can be found here.

 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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