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Nov 15

Funding continues for Locally Agreed Syllabuses for RE

Posted by: Marketing Team, 15 November 2016

NATRE were pleased to read in Hansard that the Government have promised to continue to provide funding for Local Authorities to produce Locally Agreed Syllabus for RE.

Craig Whittaker Conservative MP for Calder Valley asked, ‘What support is the Secretary State for Education providing for Standing advisory councils on religious education for developing syllabuses.’

Nick Gibb, minister for schools, replied, @Local Authorities currently receive funding through the Education Services Grant to support Standing Advisory Councils for Religious Education (RE). Local Authorities will continue to receive funding to develop an agreed syllabus for RE once the Education Services Grant has been removed.’

The response goes onto to say, ‘SACREs and Agreed Syllabus Conferences may use resources that meet the needs of the local area they serve, such as the Religious Education Council’s non-statutory framework for RE.

What can you do as a teacher of RE?

  • Contact your Local SACRE and ask them to put this on their agenda for discussion?
  • Find out how much does your Local Authority receive in their Education Services Grant?
  • How much is spent in support of RE?
  • Let NATRE know what happens when you do this by emailing


Nov 08

Latest conversation on #REchatUK November

Posted by: Marketing Team, 08 November 2016

#REchatUK took place on Monday 7 November at 8pm-9pm
If you missed it and want to catch up on the discussion you can see it here REchatUK November

If you have any suggestions for a great topic be please send a tweet to @NATREupdate.

Keep an eye out on our #REchatUK timetable here 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.


Oct 13

Understanding Christianity training dates

Posted by: Marketing Team, 13 October 2016

Understanding Christianity is a comprehensive resource which provides a clear and coherent approach to teaching and learning about Christianity in RE for pupils aged 4-14.

The resource and associated training was written by the RE Today advisory team, in collaboration with more than 30 expert teachers and academics, and has been trialled in over 50 schools.

RE Today are delighted to announce a series of Understanding Christianity training dates throughout 2016 and 2017. Every attendee will receive a full Understanding Christianity resource pack including:

  • A Teacher’s Handbook
  • 29 full units of work, from Foundation Stage 2 through to Year 9
  • Introductory booklets for each phase
  • More than 150 photocopiable resource sheets
  • The ‘Big Freize’ illustration by Emma Yarlett
  • The ‘Big Freize’ guide book, setting the concepts within a wider biblical context
  • Understanding Christianity website -
  • Understanding Christianity Accredited Official Resources: resources that are available to teachers and advisers to support the teaching in Understanding Christianity

You can find out more information here:

Primary - South of England
Primary - Midlands
Primary - North of England

Secondary - South of England
Secondary - North of England


Oct 11

Words Beyond Words - a great success!

Posted by: Marketing Team, 11 October 2016

News Release – Tuesday 11 October 2016

Over 140 RE teachers, advisers, academics and others interested in RE gathered from across the UK over the weekend in Blackburn to attend the Words Beyond Words Religious Education conference.

The event was hosted by NATRE, AULRE and ARIEAC and was designed to bring together the wider RE community, from classrooms teachers to inspectors, ITT’s to renowned academics and everyone in between.

The weekend was jam packed with inspiring and thought provoking keynotes sharing ideas about the importance of religious literacy in RE, as well as practical and stimulating workshops, discussions and presentations of research lead by RE experts, giving delegates and opportunity to learn, share best practice with peers.

Liz Mills, primary teacher shared her thoughts on the conference’So many opportunities to learn from folk at every level and stage in their professional development with cutting edge research and resources… all highly relevant and inspiring AND a chance to learn from each other as we networked and relaxed together’.

To hear what some of the other attendees thought of the day click the link, where the weekend’s events have been captured via Twitter #REwords16.


Oct 03

An analysis of the provision for RE in Primary Schools

Posted by: Marketing Team, 03 October 2016

This is an analysis of the data gathered from a questionnaire on primary religious education and the provision for RE in Primary Schools conducted by the National Association of Teachers of Religious Education (NATRE) in Autumn Term 2016.

To read the recent findings go to the NATRE website.


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