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Feb 16

Chronic shortage of RE teachers in schools

Posted by: Marketing Team, 16 February 2018

Pupils will fail to filter out the stereotypes that contribute to religious discrimination while a shortage of RE teachers remains, says the Religious Education Council of England and Wales (REC). The charity, which believes that high quality specialist teaching about all faiths, beliefs and worldviews is essential for all school children, is leading a consortium to re-launch the Beyond the Ordinary campaign, designed to attract career changers and graduates to train as RE teachers.

The REC is responding to a shortage of qualified RE teachers in schools and a need for greater incentives to attract new recruits:
• For entry into initial teacher training in 2017, 405 places were filled[1], falling well below the Government target of 643. To reach that figure requires 1 in 20 graduates with a relevant degree to elect to train as a RE teacher.

• According to the Government’s 2016 School Workforce Survey around half (55%) of staff teaching RE in schools have no post-A level qualification in the subject.

• The REC is pressing the Department for Education for higher bursaries for RE teachers. Currently a first-class degree holder will receive £9,000 and an upper second-class degree holder will receive just £4,000 towards their training costs. By contrast training for similar specialist subjects such as Geography and Classics offers a grant of £26,000.

• The charity is also calling for funding for Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses, which enable graduates with a wide variety of degrees to apply for RE teacher training. School statistics show…

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Feb 16

Strictly RE is growing!

Posted by: Marketing Team, 16 February 2018

Over 270 teachers and professionals of Religious Education (RE) from across UK attended Strictly RE, The National Association of Teachers of RE’s (NATRE) national conference, on the 27 January 2018 at the etc. venues in London.

Strictly RE has become a key date in the diary for most RE professionals with the number of attendees growing year on year. The conference is designed to inspire and equip teachers and professionals of RE with knowledge, techniques and 27 interactive and thought provoking seminars, as well as opportunities to collaborate and share best practices with peers.

Key-notes on the day were delivered by Mary Myatt who gave a truly inspirational talk on ‘Leadership in RE’ and Mark Evans, HMI speaking about ‘Life in modern Britain, SMSC and RE: only connect’.

The seminars explored an array of primary and secondary topics ranging from subject knowledge, practical teaching and learning ideas and current changes in the RE world.

Comments from delegates:

97% have rated the conference very good to excellent.

‘Good speakers encouraging positive attitude for the subject. Well organised event with excellent choice of seminar choices and discussions; good resources and networking opportunities with professional.’

‘Speakers were excellent. Seminars were excellent. Venue is very easy and pleasant. Lots and lots of really practical suggestions and ideas. Great staff bonding. Lovely general atmosphere. Re-energising. Affirming’

‘Coming to this conference keeps me fresh - as I’m mostly on the giving end of training, it’s great to have input from some experts. I really enjoyed Mary’s…

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Jan 11

REtoday magazine spring 2018!

Posted by: Marketing Team, 11 January 2018

Are you looking for inspirational lesson ideas, or interested in keeping up-to-date with the latest developments in RE? REtoday magazine could be just the thing for you!

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This term’s edition has opinion pieces from Brian Cox on truth and Alvin Plantinga on religion in philosophy, over 30 RE classroom ideas for your pupils such as ‘14 key moments in Jesus’ last hours’, five perspectives on science and faith from different religions and beliefs, creation stories, reactions to the Commission on RE Report and much more…

Get a copy of this full-colour magazine every term, providing you with all the latest RE news, developments and reviews along with practical classroom ideas and activities and informed comment on the theory and practice of RE.

View our contents page – REtoday_V35_No2_contents.pdf


Sample articles


How do you get REtoday magazine delivered to you every term?

REtoday is published three times a year in September, January and April by RE Today Services, and is edited by Lat Blaylock.

It is available as part of a

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Nov 21

Check out our brand new secondary resource!

Posted by: Marketing Team, 21 November 2017

Exploring essential concepts: a poster pack for RE

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We have a brand new resource for all of you secondary teachers of RE, Exploring essential concepts: a poster pack for RE is a collection of 12 artworks which were created by Si Smith for one of our popular series of curriculum resource books, Essential RE. The series was written to provide ideas and classroom resources centred around 12 essential concepts that are both at the heart of religious and non-religious worldviews, and also of central value for getting pupils to think about their own understanding of themselves and the world around them.

We have gained permission off the artist to pull these together into a poster pack for you which displays the 12 Essential RE covers onto hard-backed posters that you can use in your RE lessons along with the teacher guide book on how to use these best. On top of all of this you also get access to 190 downloadable images of the various images used within the covers.

Find out more here

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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.

Here are what some of…

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