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Apr 18

DfE offers support to SACREs

Posted by: Marketing Team, 18 April 2018

The Department for Education has offered support for SACREs facing financial and other challenges in meeting their statutory duties. This follows the minister; Nick Gibb’s commitment to ensuring SACREs are properly funded in the latest settlement.

See details here: Funding for SACREs

In response to a parliamentary question by Stephen Timms MP this week, the minister said:

‘If the Department is informed that an individual SACRE or ASC is experiencing difficulties in fulfilling its statutory duties, the Department will contact the local authority to remind them of their duty to support their activities satisfactorily.’


The full response can be read on the TheyWorkForYou website.

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Apr 13

Job opportunity: RE Adviser wanted

Posted by: Marketing Team, 13 April 2018

Salary: From £40,000 (plus 10% non-contributory pension)
Location: Work from home (with regular travel throughout the UK, inc overnight stays)
Start: ASAP (no later than September 2018)

We are seeking a full-time specialist Religious Education Adviser to complement the work of our well-respected RE Team.

The successful applicant will have recent and relevant experience of teaching and/or advising in RE in the primary or secondary phase with a willingness to contribute to both phases as necessary.

They will be expected to offer RE advice, training and consultancy services to SACREs, Local Authorities, academy groups, schools and others, contribute to our publications work and to grow our income by securing new clients, contracts and grants. The ability and willingness to drive and travel and ‘out of normal office hours’ working are integral to the post.

Download: Job description

To register your interest, please send your CV and a covering letter to Lorraine Williams:

Email: lorraine.williams@retoday.org.uk
Address: RE Today, 5-6 Imperial Court, 12 Sovereign Road,Birmingham, B30 3FH
Tel: 0121 458 3313

Closing date for CVs/Reg. of Interest:  10am Tuesday 1st May 2018*
Closing date for applications:  10am Thursday 3rd May 2018*
Successful applicants notified:  Tuesday 8th May 2018
Interviews in Kings Norton, Birmingham:  w/c 14th May 2018
Starting date (latest):    Monday 3rd September 2018

*NB: Full application packs will be issued from 23rd April 2018

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Mar 09

Check out our brand new primary resource!

Posted by: Marketing Team, 09 March 2018

What happens in ...?

Created with members of faith communities, these cutaway drawings show pupils about physical features of places of worship and what happens in each one. They are presented both electronically and as double-sided A3 posters, with key vocabulary and definitions on the reverse.

The collection of teaching and learning ideas helps pupils explore basic information about places of worship, but also to go beyond this and think about the significance for believers. The activities make connections with the lives and thoughts of pupils. Teaching and learning ideas have been selected in order to make the cutaways useful and appropriate for primary school pupils in all stages of RE.

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Buy this pack today and get:

- Six A3 colourful cutaways

- Teachers guide filled with ideas

- FREE electronic access to all images

This resource is only £25!

Buy your copy today using one of the following options:

Visit: webshop
Email: sales@retoday.org.uk
Call:  0121 458 3313
Fax your order to: 0121 472 7575

Take a look at our promo video

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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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