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Jan 16

Online survey about EBacc

Posted by: Rosemary, 16 January 2011

The EBacc has been introduced as an accountability measure for secondary schools in England and there is a forthcoming curriculum review. NATRE, RE Today and the rest of the RE world, have been lobbying hard to ensure that RE gains its rightful place in these curriculum initiatives.

As part of this lobbying it will be very useful to have some empirical data on what is happening in schools. If you are a secondary teacher we would be very grateful if you could complete a short online survey (it should take 7 – 10 minutes). This will be very helpful in fighting for RE’s place in the curriculum. Your name and school name will be completely confidential.

Do check our websites for updates - www.retoday.org.uk and www.natre.org.uk – and visit us on Facebook and Twitter too. The EBacc question affects secondary teachers at the moment, but the situation about RE’s place in the curriculum affects all teachers of RE.

Thank you in advance

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Jan 14

Press Release!

Posted by: Rosemary, 14 January 2011

The National Association of Teachers of Religious Education (NATRE) welcomes the Secretary of State’s willingness to take on board constructive comments about the subjects that might count ‘within the five pillars’ of the English Baccalaureate. It has been widely reported that headteachers, subject teachers, professional associations and parents support the inclusion of Religious Studies as making a valuable academic contribution to the Humanities field of study.

Whilst NATRE shares the Secretary of State’s aspiration to create a curriculum of excellence we also believe in the importance of choice and balance. This would make a real and positive difference to the decisions many schools are already making about what GCSE subjects to offer to students.

Ed Pawson, Chair of NATRE says: ‘Our experience, as teachers in the classroom, is that Religious Studies is both a demanding academic discipline and a powerful means of moral and philosophical development for young people today. At a time when our communities are becoming increasingly diverse there is an ever greater need for a more religiously literate society; GCSE RS meets this need.’

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Jan 13

What's worth fighting for in RE?

Posted by: Rosemary, 13 January 2011

This presentation and symposium on the future of RE is being held as part of the Celebrating RE month in March. It takes place on 1 March, 4.30pm - 7.00pm in Dewsbury Minster.

If you are a…

  • member of a faith or belief community
  • student or teacher of RE, or a tutor in RE or education
  • primary or secondary teacher of RE
  • member of an RE organisation
  • parent of a child studying RE in school

... this event will be of interest to you.

If you would like to submit questions that could become part of the presentation or Q&A, email Mark Chater.

Further details and booking form are in the document below.
Celebrating_RE_Conferences_Whats_worth_fighting_for_in_RE.pdf

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Jan 13

Free Conference for RE Professionals

Posted by: Rosemary, 13 January 2011

Treading on egg shells? is a free conference for RE professioanls. Taking place at the University of Huddersfield on 18 March 2011, the focus is on tackling difficult topics in RE.

The keynote speaker is Professor Mark Halstead, who will speak on The Importance and value of RE in the contemporary world. Workshops will follow, including Religion & Violent Extremism and Religion & Sexuality. There will be opportunity to discuss with fellow professionals and to network with colleagues.

The conference is supported by NATRE, Kirklees SACRE and the University of Huddersfield, and is free to teachers.

Enquiries to Alastair Ross or Emma Salter.

Celebrating_RE_Conference_Treading_on_Eggshells.pdf

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Jan 12

RE and the EBacc

Posted by: Rosemary, 12 January 2011

RE Today and NATRE are interested to hear from teachers about what is happening in their schools regarding curriculum planning for September 2011. Emails and phone calls to our office, together with today’s publication of the EBacc results, confirm our concerns that RE may be struggling to retain its place in the curriculum in some schools.

Let us know what is happening in your school - whether RE is retaining its curriculum place next year, or is under pressure. We won’t identify you or your school to others unless you give us permission to do so.

Email us today with details of RE in your school. Also - why not visit us on Facebook and Twitter?

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