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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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Jan 07

Becta's website closes

Posted by: Rosemary, 07 January 2011

Prior to Becta’s closure in March 2011, its website will cease to be available after 31 January. Teachers are advised to download any materials they may find useful before the end of January. RE Today has been given the RE-specific assets from the site and will make these available via its website in due course. A snapshop of the website will be available from the National Archives after the closure of the site.

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Jan 01

Congratulations - John Keast, OBE

Posted by: Rosemary, 01 January 2011

Everyone at RE Today is absolutely delighted that John Keast, our Chair, was awarded an OBE for services to education in the New Year’s Honours. This is a very well-deserved honour for John, who has worked tirelessly on behalf of RE over many years. It is also good news for RE as we face a year of curriculum change.

The full list of New Year’s Honours can be found here.

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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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