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Mar 14

New2RE programme September 2017

Posted by: Marketing Team, 14 March 2017

New to RE?

Find the best support for the start of your career here!

Are you likely to be a newly qualified secondary RE teacher in September 2017?
Are you keen to extend your repertoire of strategies for teaching RE?
Would support with deepening subject knowledge be helpful as you teach six religions and non-religious worldviews?
Would you value having an experienced RE teacher/leader as a personal mentor?
If so, you’ll be pleased to hear about the New2RE programme from the National Association of Teachers of RE (NATRE). Now in its fourth year, the New2RE programme is currently supporting 71 new teachers as they begin their careers.

New2RE is designed to support you in the first three years of your teaching career and help you develop your subject knowledge and your confidence as a teacher of RE. The programme will be tailored to your needs and is designed to complement and enhance the provision offered by your school.

The programme is free to the teacher, subject to a contribution of £120 from your participating school, and permission from your head teacher/principal to attend the residential course.

Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity for early career development! There are only 25 places available, so get in touch to register your interest today!

Click here to find out more.


Feb 24

RE State of the Nation research

Posted by: Marketing Team, 24 February 2017

This is a formal request information around the provision of Religious Education (RE) in your school, as part of the first nationwide project to collect information on RE in all ~4,500 state-funded secondary schools in England and Wales.

This important project, spearheaded by the Religious Education Council of England and Wales (REC), National Association of Teachers of Religious Education (NATRE) and RE Today, is running parallel to, but independent of, the continuing work of the Commission on Religious Education, which is conducting a review over the next two years of the legal, education, and policy frameworks for RE in all schools and colleges.

The information gathered from this research project will be used to establish a picture of RE provision across the country.”

We are formally requesting, therefore, that you provide information about RE in your school by completing the following survey (or forward to the RE subject lead for completion):

Complete the survey.

Please send your responses by Friday 17 March.
It should take around 15-20 minutes.

For more information about the survey, visit the NATRE website.

If you have any queries please email Sara Petela at or call 0207 735 6963.

Thank you for your support.
Fiona Moss
Executive Officer

Rudolf Eliott Lockhart
Chief Executive
RE Council

Zoe Keens
Chief Executive Officer
RE Today


Jan 06

The Commission on Religious Education Call for Evidence

Posted by: Marketing Team, 06 January 2017

The Commission on Religious Education (CoRE) is an independent body that was established to review the legal, education, and policy frameworks for religious education (RE) and to make evidence-based recommendations for policy makers and educationalists to consider. CoRE presents a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity to think deeply and broadly about the character, significance and role of religious education in our current local, national and global context. This call for evidence will form part of CoRE’s efforts to gather the evidence on which the Commissioners will base their recommendations. CoRE is keen to hear from as wide a range of people and organisations as possible.

We would encourage schools to fill in the survey which can be found using the link below.

Complete the survey.

Find out more about the Commission on Religious Education.


Jan 05

Motion for Conference Concerning Religious Education: REtain RE

Posted by: Marketing Team, 05 January 2017

The National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) shares NATREs concerns about the increasing non-compliance of schools regarding the teaching RE.

There is a motion up for selection for the NASUWT annual conference to enlist the union’s support in strengthening the compliance of teaching RE in schools as the union has had so many cases of academies which no longer have RE on the timetable and members who have lost their RE teaching position.

If you are a NASUWT member who are please log into the NASUWT website online and vote for motion 40 (see below). Motions that poll highest go forward to conference and if approved become union policy. The closing date for voting is 30th Jan 2017. Please share this information with NASUWT members in your school and NATRE local group.

Motion for Conference Concerning Religious Education: REtain RE [motion 40]

Conference asserts that

it is a legal right for pupils to receive RE lessons in accordance with the statutory requirement.

Conference further asserts that

all schools remain responsible for implementing the legally required syllabus (whether the locally agreed syllabus or their individual one) and for monitoring pupils’ progress in RE.

Conference is concerned by

the increasing reports from members in academies in England that RE is no longer on the timetable with the consequence that specialist RE teachers are losing their positions despite RE being more critical than ever with today’s climate of increasing religious…


Understanding Christianity is a new resource which seeks to develop and enhance the quality of teaching about Christianity in RE in all schools, raising the standards of pupil achievement.

Since the launch in the May this year over 2,300 teachers have been trained on the resources and we are starting to see the impact in RE classrooms across the country. Lively launch events have been followed up with twilight support sessions, and teachers are seizing the opportunity presented by these great resources to do some great RE! From EYFS to Key Stage 3, and in Church schools, Community schools and Academies, the feedback from teachers (and pupils!) is very positive:

Understanding Christianity has given me the confidence to deliver fun and engaging RE. Our early years children have really grasped the concepts so far and have shown a much deeper understanding than I would have expected at such a young age. So I asked my class about the new RE lessons so far…

It made me feel like the world is amazing.
When I went home I saw the Creation in the walls and the trees and the grass and in the sky.
I love learning it.
That’s pretty good for 4 year olds!’

‘The general feeling from my staff is that the resources and planning have captured the children’s imagination, created enthusiasm and deepened their understanding.’

‘Staff were all very impressed with the training and are keen to start using the materials. Our aim is to dip into them…


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