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We are delighted to have been asked by the Diocese of Leicester to host a live webinar with the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby during his three-day visit to the city.

In an amongst his busy schedule he agreed to join us at Billesdon Church of England Primary School in Leicestershire, where RE Today Adviser Fiona Moss and team hosted a live webinar to 25 schools and 100 pupils across the city.

Through the beauty of technology the Archbishop, Bishop of Leicester Bishop Martyn and Director of Education Carolyn Lewis interacted with 100 pupils through a Q and A session around prayer. Ahead of the webinar pupils were asked to submit pre-prepared questions, these were then passed back out to the schools to vote through an interactive poll on the day to decide which questions they most wanted the Archbishop to answer. He was asked many thought-provoking questions by the pupils about prayer and worship such as;

‘Sometimes our prayers are answered, sometimes not. What should we do about this?’

‘As well as praying, is there another way to communicate with God?’

‘Why did you dedicate your life to God, and did prayer help with this decision?’

And many more…

Overall it was a fabulous day enjoyed by all, including the Archbishop who was extremely impressed with the RE Today’s professionalism, webinar software, presentation and coordination of the day.

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#REchatUK took place on Monday 06 November at 8pm-9pm
If you missed it and want to catch up on the discussion you can see it here:

‘Chatting to the RE commissioners: your chance to tell them about RE in your school’
If you have any suggestions for a great topic be please send a tweet to @NATREupdate.
Keep an eye out on our #REchatUK timetable to see when the next #REchatUK will be.

For regular updates follow us on @NATREupdate.

#REchatUK Poster - for your staffroom to help get others involved in RE.

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Oct 26

Dispelling some myths about SACRE funding

Posted by: Marketing Team, 26 October 2017

NATRE members who serve on SACREs often contact NATRE about problems with funding. There seems to be a certain amount of misinformation being shared suggesting that Local Authorities no longer receive funding for SACREs and Agreed Syllabus Conferences. This is simply not true. The document below from NATRE sets out the facts about funding and includes references to statutory documents. We hope it helps you to ensure that SACRE receives the funding that National Government intends you to receive to carry out your duties.

As SACRE funding is provided as part of a grant that covers a number of duties that Local Authorities must provide, NATRE would be keen to hear from individuals about the amount of funding that is being provided as a percentage of the overall grant. We will work with NASACRE (The National Association of SACREs) to collate this information and take steps help to encourage reasonable decisions about the funding of SACREs and Agreed Syllabus Conferences.

Funding for SACREs 2017

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Oct 26

Spirited Arts 2017 gallery is now live!

Posted by: Marketing Team, 26 October 2017

NATRE would like to thank all of the schools, teachers and pupils for taking the time to enter the 2017 Art in Heaven competition. Congratulations to all the winners!

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(Photo by: Abigail McKnight 14 - ‘Does science leave no room for religion’)

There were five categories in the Art in Heaven competition this year, all attracting very large numbers of entries.  NATRE estimate that over 20 000 children and young people took part in the competition, and they would like thank them all, and their teachers for the insight, hard work and spiritual thinking that went on. Winning one of the 40 prizes is a great achievement!

Many teachers wrote to share experiences of the competition: ‘it has an impact on standards, depth, creativity and enjoyment in RE for pupils aged 5-18’. Judging, as always, was a tremendous challenge. The winners all receive a shopping voucher, and winning schools are also rewarded with a voucher worth £35 to spend on NATRE / RE Today resources, membership or CPD of their choice. All entrants sent to NATRE receive certificates of achievement.

The web gallery gets hundreds of thousands of hits: do use it with your pupils as preparation for the next competition and as good RE. The winners and the full range of commended entries are now available to view on our website. Next year’s competition details are available online, and the fresh themes for 2018…

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Sep 21

Interim report from the Commission on RE (CORE)

Posted by: Marketing Team, 21 September 2017

NATRE are pleased to note that CORE has produced a substantial Interim Report of their work. This uses much evidence from the State of the Nation report, published by the National Association of Teachers of RE (NATRE), the Religious Education Council and RE Today on 18 September. The report shows that the commission share NATRE’s concern over the number of state secondary schools struggling to meet their legal requirement to deliver RE.  NATRE and the REC are calling for the Government to make a clear public statement that it is not acceptable for a school to provide no RE and to review how provision is benchmarked.

We are pleased that the commission has called for more evidence and comment as a result of this report. We would like to encourage all our members to send comments and further evidence to CORE. The report notes that the commission need more evidence on RE in primary schools and we hope that our members will be able to engage with the commission on this. One of the commissioners will be taking part in our #REchatUK on Monday 6 November 8-9pm.

Daniel Hugill, Chair, NATRE comments:

‘NATRE welcome the publication of the Interim Report ‘Religious Education for All’ from the Commission on Religious Education. We are pleased that the Commission has made clear recommendations and that further consultation will follow. We would encourage all teachers of RE to engage with the report…

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