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Dec 14

Young people give thumbs up to RE!

Posted by: Rosemary, 14 December 2010

New research among young people, including school leavers and those in full time education, indicates that Religious Education (RE) is a valued subject that leaves a lasting impression on those who study it.  This timely research comes as the government sets out its Schools White Paper, calling for a return to traditional humanities-based subjects.

The study was commissioned by the RE Council of England and Wales (REC), and involved 1,000 young people aged between 16 and 24 years.  It found that 80 per cent of respondents thought studying RE could promote better understanding of different religions and beliefs.  This figure rose to 83 per cent amongst those who had studied RE at GCSE and was consistently higher for young women (85 per cent amongst the 19-21 year olds). There was notable support for this sentiment from all religions and beliefs, including 77 per cent of those who said they were atheists.

Professor John Howson, former government advisor and managing director of Education Data Surveys said:  “This is an authoritative survey that clearly demonstrates the key place of Religious Education in the school curriculum. In our increasingly diverse world, it is important that young people have the opportunity to understand the nature of faith and belief in society. It is very encouraging that 83 per cent of those who took a GCSE felt that studying Religious Education in schools can help to promote a better understanding of different religions and beliefs up to eight years after taking the course.”

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Dec 05

RE not included in the proposed English Baccalaureate!

Posted by: Rosemary, 05 December 2010

The failure to include Religious Education in the proposals for an English Baccalaureate has caused widespread concern.  NATRE has written to Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Education, and Nick GIbb, the Schools Minister expressing its concern and urging a re-think. NATRE is encouraging anybody concerned at the implications for RE of this announcement to write to Ministers and their MP. The letter written by Ed Pawson, Chair of NATRE, is given below as a stimulus to your own letter.

NATRE_Letter_to_Michael_Gove_re_White_Paper_final.pdf

To find the contact address of your MP log on to this website and enter your post code. Letters can be emailed to Michael Gove and Nick Gibb.

Thank you for any support you are able to give to urge government to re-think the subjects which quality for the English Baccalaureate.

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Nov 24

Schools White Paper 2010 is published

Posted by: Rosemary, 24 November 2010

The Importance of Teaching, the Schools White Paper 2010, was pubished today. A copy of the document is available below. RE Today welcomes comments about the White Paper, and will be considering the contents in its meetings with colleagues.

The_Importance_of_Teaching_Schools_White_Paper_2010.pdf

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Sep 01

Film clips - new online library

Posted by: Rosemary, 01 September 2010

If you are interested in using film shorts in the classroom, MiShorts might be just the sort of stimulus you are looking for.  This online library contains over 750 quality titles divided into twelve categories that can be watched as free streams or downloaded at up to HD quality for as little as £0.65.

The MiShorts film library includes a wide range of free content, commissioned from specialist providers or produced in-house. Explore the ‘Youth’ category, and look for ‘Breaking Down Barriers’ and ‘Keeping the Peace’ - how might these be used in the RE classroom to stimulate discussion, and perhaps prompt students to make their own film shorts?

MiShorts is far more than a film library. Other facilities are outlined in the pdf document below, and include: Podcasts (a recommended short film podcast); Vodcasts (a fortnightly Vodcast containing news, views and interviews); Toolbox (a wide variety of information and resources for indie filmmakers and fans); Film of the Month and Critics Choice; Reviews and Ratings; Filmmaker Directory; Filmmaker’s blog; Free downloads; Free streams; Channels.

MiShorts_2010.pdf

If you are at all interested in film shorts, the best thing is to log on and explore MiShorts!

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Aug 31

Guidance on choosing RE resources

Posted by: Rosemary, 31 August 2010

The latest addition to NATRE’s website is user-friendly, online guidance on choosing high quality resources for teaching world religions in RE.

Drawing on the findings and recommendation of Materials used to Teach about World Religions in Schools in England, carried out by the University of Warwick, 2010, this guidance covers:

  • books
  • school produced materials
  • websites
  • digital resources
  • artefacts & visual images
  • visits & visitors


For each type of resource the guidance provides: a brief summary of the Warwick Report’s findings, key questions for teachers, stimulus materials to support discussion and decision-making for teachers working individually or with colleagues.

Do check it out on NATRE’s website! It’s an ideal stimulus to review the resources you currently use, and to guide the selection of new ones.

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