Working together to strengthen the provision of religious education

May 2018

REC news

Commission on Religious Education

Members' news

Conferences and events

CPD and resources

Keep Up With Us

Friend on Facebook Facebook
Follow on Twitter Twitter

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

'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 is pleased to announce several events for award holders and other partners. Details are on the website.  These events are generously supported by the Hockerill Education Foundation. REQM has also received new grant support from Sarum St Michael Education Charity to help schools with their application costs. Details of this can be found on the website with information about similar support from the Westhill Trust and the St Matthias Trust for the same purpose.
The RE Quality Mark continues to provide schools (all sectors and phases) to celebrate great RE.  A team of assessors around England, Wales and Northern Ireland is in place to visit schools for the award.  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 assessor training in 2018-19.

RE : Quality Matters
The RE: Quality Matters conference will be held at the University of Huddersfield on Saturday 16 June. We are delighted that the keynote is Dr Kevin O’Grady (Lead Consultant for Research, Culham St Gabriel's Trust) speaking on ‘Transforming RE through research? The Culham St Gabriel's Trust research strategy and how you can be part of it'.

This event is free to all REQM award holders currently listed on our database and to invited schools from the university's networks. There is a maximum of 50 places available so please book early! Booking will close on 25 May.
  •  Email to find out more.
  •  Let us know if you have ideas you would like to share
For updates, please follow the REQM on Twitter @REQualityMark.

Commission on Religious Education

The Commission on Religious Education (CoRE) last met on 16 March at the Jerusalem Chamber, Westminster Abbey. This room has a significant place in the history of England and the United Kingdom. Henry IV died there, the Westminster meetings of the scholars who translated what became known as the King James Bible were held there, and in 1646 during the Commonwealth the Presbyterian Westminster Confession was compiled there. Commissioners discussed a national plan for RE including how classroom teachers could be supported in their work.

Commissioners are working on the text of their final report in preparation for the next residential meeting in late June in Limehouse, east London.

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.

Canterbury Christ Church University

Public Lectures
Canterbury Christ Church University is running a series of public lectures around science, religion and education. Our Chair, Professor Trevor Cooling, is giving one exploring the development of his thinking over his career as a science graduate turned RE teacher and practising Christian from an evangelical background.

Please click here for further details.

Updates from LASAR (Learning About Science & Relgion) Project
Published! Our new publication – ‘A Teacher’s Guide to Science and Religion in the Classroom’ is now available from Amazon.
For information on upcoming schools events and all our LASAR Project news please find our Spring Newsletter.

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 or alternatively click here

Institute of Jainology

The Institute’s Chairman recently visited the President of India with various members of the Institute. The Hon. President was impressed with the Institute’s contribution to Religious Education in the form of the books it has published as well as the JAINpedia website, with its manuscripts, articles, glossary and education sub-site Learn Jainism. You can read more about the visit by clicking here.
On 26th April, the Jain Temple in Kenton, Harrow hosted a visit by Rt Hon Jeremy Corbyn MP, who was delighted to learn more about the temple, the community and its practices as well as the various activities the temple conducts. A summary of the visit and photographs can be viewed 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.

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 conference cost will be around £150 excluding overnight accommodation. For information, visit the AULRE website.

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.

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.

Primary and secondary Lesson materials from Quakers in Britain

Conscience & Conviction in World War I
15 May marks Conscientious Objector’s Day in commemoration of people motivated by faith and conscience to refuse to kill, a right secured in Britain in World War I. What choices were women and men confronted with at that time? What would you do in the same situation?
'Conscience' and 'Conviction' have been created to highlight a selection of moral paths taken as a result of the war. Both provide opportunities to reflect on the steps we need to take for a world without war. These materials are based on the work of Don Rowe, teacher, writer and co-founder of the Citizenship Foundation. Learners pursue a critical thinking project, considering how people responded to the questions they faced and exploring their own reactions.

Click here to find out more. 


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


 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
© 2018 
Religious Education Council 
CAN Mezzanine, 49-51 East Road, London, N1 6AH
To submit an entry to the next newsletter, e-mail a short paragraph along with a web link to by the 24th of the month.
unsubscribe from this list | update subscription preferences 

This email was sent to <<Email Address>>
why did I get this?    unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences
Religious Education Council · CAN Mezzanine · 49-51 East Road · London, N1 6AH · United Kingdom

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp