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Jan 29

Teachers report a lack of training to teach RE

Posted by: Marketing Team, 29 January 2019

Nearly half of trainee primary teachers have had between zero and three hours of RE training, new research by the National Association of Teachers of RE (NATRE) has revealed.
NATRE launched the results of its national Primary Survey 2018 this weekend at its annual conference Strictly RE, where over 300 teachers and professionals from across the UK are expected to attend.

The survey of over 500 primary teachers from across the country has revealed some worrying truths about the provision for RE in primary schools.

A quarter of teachers report that colleagues within their schools have a lack of confidence in teaching RE, both in terms of what to teach, but also how to teach RE.
NATRE’s research found:

• Nearly half of trainee primary teachers have had between zero and three hours of RE training
• 30% of primary RE teachers have had no subject specific training in the last year, not even in a staff meeting
• 1/3 of teachers who started teaching in the last 5 years have no qualification at all in RE, not even a GCSE.
• Over 50% of schools have a HLTA taking some of their RE lessons
• Many primary schools do not give adequate time for RE

This demonstrates the need for teacher training in line with recommendation six and seven of the Commission on Religions Education report ‘Religion and worldviews: The way Forward – A…

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Jan 09

REtoday is now out!

Posted by: Marketing Team, 09 January 2019

It’s the time of year again when NATRE members and RE Today subscribers will be receiving their termly REtoday and curriculum book.

This term’s magazine theme is ‘Big ideas, big questions’. We have a jam-packed edition with over 50 classroom ideas, an opinion piece from Peter Tatchell on human rights, ten tips for successful extended writing for GCSE RS and much more.

Sikhs is the next book in the secondary series ‘Examining religion and belief’ series. It explores the beliefs, practices, traditions, values and identities of Sikhs. It is representative rather than comprehensive, exploring a selection of key aspects of Sikh way of life (or Gurmat – ‘the teachings of the Guru’).

The new book from the primary ‘Inspiring RE’ series is also called Silkhs. It contains a wide range of teaching ideas that will develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding about Sikhs and Sikhism, the world’s fifth largest religion.

Check out the eResources that you could be receiving if you as a NATRE member.

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Nov 07

Wanted: Regional RE Networks Ambassador - part time contract

Posted by: Marketing Team, 07 November 2018

Regional RE Networks Ambassador - part time contract
RE Today Services - Birmingham, West Midlands

£250.00 per day / 1 day per month (approx.)

RE Today Services and NATRE are running a 2-year project to build a national support infrastructure for Religious Education.

Key to this project are 10 x part-time contracts to take the lead in each region – helping shape the project and then manage the project, budget, deliverables and reporting.

Key Aim: These are the regional lead roles for development, encouragement and co-ordination of regional RE support structures.

Key Impact Measure: grow the number of school teachers engaged in local RE groups (inc. NATRE affiliated Local Groups and LTLRE Hubs) – encourage and equip them in their classroom practice and connect to high quality local, regional and national RE resources and supported through face-to-face contact.

Contract: 12 days/year (approx 1 day/month) from January 2019 – August 2020

Location: working from home, so any location in England considered, to match the regions listed below. The role will require travel throughout the region, and occasional visits to our company offices in Birmingham.

Application Closing Date: Please email your CV to mike@retoday.org.uk by 5pm Friday 16th November 2018, along with the Region(s) that you are applying for.

Interviews: By telephone week commencing 26th November 2018 with face to face interviews during December:

· Monday 10th December - Birmingham

· Tuesday…

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Oct 18

Student wins national art competition

Posted by: Marketing Team, 18 October 2018

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(pictured LtoR Scarlett Millar and Emma Owen Davies, Assistant Head teacher from Shrewsbury High School)

Scarlett Millar from Shrewsbury High School is one of the winners of national art competition ‘Spirited Arts – Art in Heaven’ held annually by the National Association of Teachers of Religious Education (NATRE). Over 2000 students were selected from schools from across the UK and entered ‘Spirited Arts’ this year, to get people thinking about Religious Education (RE) through art.

In its 15th year, this competition has attracted over 320,000 participants averaging 20,000 partakers per year since 2004. Hundreds of UK schools get involved, with entries coming from as far afield as Cyprus and Australia, Indonesia and South Africa.

The annual competition starts at the beginning of every school year and runs through to 31 July, to enable teachers to incorporate the art competition into their RE lessons. Many schools have an ‘Art in Heaven’ unit of work, or a special learning RE/arts week.

Scarlett’s artwork was based on the theme ‘Doubt or Faith’ and she calls her piece ‘Look up to the light’.

Scarlett Millar aged 13 comments:

‘For the spirited art competition, I have chosen doubt and faith. I chose this because I doubt myself all the time about lots of things, mostly small things like appearance but sometimes also larger issues. However, faith always helps me to get through. I love the Spirited Arts competition because it helps me express my feelings and emotions, whilst thinking…

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Sep 25

Wanted: National RE Networks Ambassador - part time

Posted by: Marketing Team, 25 September 2018

National RE Networks Ambassador - part time RE Today Services - Birmingham, West Midlands
£250.00 per day / 1 day per week (approx.)

RE Today Services and NATRE are running a 2-year project to build a national support infrastructure for Religious Education.

Key to this project is a part-time contract to take the national lead – helping shape the project, identify up to 10 regional Ambassadors and then manage the project, budget, deliverables and reporting.

View National_Lead_job_description.pdf

Application Closing Date: 12 October 2018

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