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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.

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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…

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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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Dec 19

2016 Spirited Arts Gallery is now live!

Posted by: Marketing Team, 19 December 2016

We would like to say a big thank you to all of the schools that participated in our 2016 Spirited Arts competition, we are pleased to announce that this years Spirited Arts gallery is now live.

There were five categories in the Art in Heaven competition this year, all attracting very large numbers of entries. We estimate that about 25,000 children and young people took part in the competition, and we would like thank them all, and their teachers for the insight, hard work and spiritual thinking that went on.

Alongside the winning entries we have a selection of highly commended entries for each of the five categories.

We are also pleased to announce that one of our winners; Class 3 from Grasmere school have had their artwork featured on the ITV news click here to see the news piece.

It doesn’t have to end there if you are inspired then get creative with our 2017 Spirited Arts competition!

We hope you and your students will engage with these themes and enjoy working on them as much as you did this year.

We look forward to seeing your entries for 2017.
Visit the Spirited Arts gallery.

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Dec 19

Concerns over non-compliance in RE

Posted by: Marketing Team, 19 December 2016

As readers will be aware NATRE has been in discussion with senior officials from OFSTED to highlight issues of concern to teachers of RE including non-compliance in the teaching of Religious Education in schools and academies. NATRE has recently noticed possible signs that our concerns are being taken more seriously although we are not yet at the point where we can say that an Ofsted inspection will automatically identify issues with RE.

The following extracts are taken from a recently published OFSTED report.

From the Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

The curriculum is inadequate. It does not include some essential elements, such as religious education. The teaching of fundamental British values is weak. Leaders have recently recognised that the way the school day is timetabled is compounding poor learning.

From what does the school need to do to improve further?

Improve the effectiveness of leadership and management by taking the following actions:

– leaders should review the curriculum to ensure that pupils receive their entitlement to the teaching of religious education, careers, British values and personal, social, health and economic education

From Effectiveness of Leadership and Management

The curriculum is inadequate. The headteacher recognises that the way the school day is timetabled is compounding poor learning. Pupils do not receive their full entitlement to subjects such as religious education and personal, social, health and economic education. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is underdeveloped…

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