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Feb 18

Shap Calendars - new format

Posted by: Rosemary, 18 February 2011

The Shap Working Party on Religions is preparing to make significant changes to its existing Calendars, which are widely regarded as being currently the most accurate and detailed religious festivals materials on the market, in time for distribution in July/August of 2011.  Instead of printing these materials and sending them out by post, they plan now to distribute the Calendars by email in a modified format, at a charge of £3.50.

This emailed version will include the Calendar Booklet in a slightly modified and enlarged presentation, and three pages of the former laminated version, each covering six months, in A4 page format (to replace the former A2 Wallchart, since most personal printers cannot print A2 or A3 documents.)  Accompanying these versions of the Calendar, will be 12 of David Rose’s superb colour photographs (with captions) that will each serve to illustrate one of the relevant festivals.

Final plans are still being made, and Shap would find it very helpful to know whether people would purchase an annual email package at a price of £3.50. Please let Shap know by email - a simple Yes or No is all that is needed. A reply by 28 February would be helpful.

Those who respond positively will receive a firm offer by email in April.


Feb 14

Challenging RE Conference

Posted by: Rosemary, 14 February 2011

Challenging RE is an exciting conference opportunity for all teachers of RE - primary, secondary and special. Generously supported by the St Gabriel’s Programme, this conference offers a full programme of seminars and workshops featuring:
Professor Vivienne Baumfield, Professor Julian Stern, Deborah Weston, Shantha Rao, Fiona Moss, Anne Krisman, Lat Blaylock, Alastair Ross, Juliet Lyal, Ed Pawson, Heather Marshall and Olivia Seymour.

Date: 7 May (11am) – 8 May 2011 (3pm)
Cost: £100 (includes all meals, accommodation, full programme, conference pack and disc)
Venue: Burn Hall Hotel & Conference Centre, Huby, York

Further details are available from NATRE – colleagues are encouraged to book early as we anticipate places will be quickly snapped up.
Discount for SACREs: book 3 place at the same time for teachers from the same SACRE area for just £250.

Detailed programme and application form below.

Please email  NATRE with any queries about the conference.


Feb 04

RE and the EBacc - next steps!

Posted by: Rosemary, 04 February 2011

NATRE’s recent survey of secondary schools about the impact of the EBacc on RE was completed by 790 schools in just 10 days!

Thank you to all who took part - and to all those who contacted NATRE by email and phone to outline the changes being introduced in their school. The combination of statistics from a significant number of schools together with more detailed descriptions of impact has proved very powerful.

The TES published an article on page 10 today ‘RE teaching time slashed in English Bac scramble’  in which they reveal some of the outcomes of the survey. ‘Almost one in three secondary schools is planning to slash the time devoted to teaching RE from September’ and ‘Schools appear to be feeling that it’s quite safe to cut RE without any fear that they will be held to account’ are just two comments which indicate the nature and extent of the problem facing RE.

NATRE’s campaign to urge teachers and all those concerned about the place of RE in our schools to write to their MP has been extremely effective in raising and clarifying the issues many teachers are facing.

NATRE is encouraging people to write a further letter to MPs, this time urging them to sign the Early Day Motion (EDM) tabled by Stephen Lloyd (Liberal Democrat MP for Eastbourne and Willingdon) calling on the Government to recognise RE in the EBacc. Details of the EDM are…


Jan 28

Are you an RE co-ordinator in a primary school?

Posted by: Rosemary, 28 January 2011

Help! I’m the RE Co-ordinator! is a course specifically designed for RE co-ordinators in primary schools. The course is running on 9 March 2011.

This one-day course will:

  • explore the role of the subject leader using practical activities
  • develop your confidence and understanding of RE
  • develop your leadership and management skills
  • focus on creative task setting, planning a scheme of work using your local agreed syllabus or faith community guidelines, and effective and manageable monitoring and self evaluation

Tutor: Fiona Moss, RE Adviser, RE Today Services.
Venue: London
Cost: £150 (RE Today subscribers); £185 (non subscribers)
Booking: Book online or contact our Courses Administrator by email or phone (0121 472 4242).

For more information please download the document below and check out the courses section of this website.


Jan 24

New publication from RE Today for 4 - 11s

Posted by: Rosemary, 24 January 2011

OURE5 Easter - coverOpening Up Easter edited by Fiona Moss is the latest primary curriculum publication from RE Today.

This full-colour book provides practical classroom activities for helping pupils develop their knowledge and understanding of the events of Easter, the key beliefs and concepts underpinning the festival and the experience of Easter for Christians. Each of the units uses a variety of engaging pedagogies and practical learning activities to allow pupils to learn about and from the experience of Easter, enabling them to draw meaning from the festival for themselves. There are pages for the subject leader to support them in teaching the festival accurately and appropriately, ensuring a progression of concepts through the primary school.

Opening Up Easter (ISBN 978-1-905893-46-1) is available from our webshop at £8.50, or by contacting us direct by email or phone (0121 472 4242).


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