RE Today Services news https://retoday.org.uk/news/feed/rss RE Today Services works nationally and internationally to support Religious Education in schools. RE Today is wholly owned by the charity Christian Education, and is committed to the teaching of the major world faiths. Fri, 11 May 2018 11:45:00 +0100 Get a FREE RE book when you join NATRE! https://retoday.org.uk/news/get-a-free-re-book-when-you-join-natre https://retoday.org.uk/news/permalink/521 Fri, 11 May 2018 11:45:00 +0100 Are you struggling to develop creative classroom activities to enthuse your pupils/students in every RE lesson?

Would you like to receive tried and tested ready-to-use RE lesson ideas?

Join NATRE today and receive the latest book from one of our best-selling RE curriculum series, packed with classroom activities for your RE lessons!

Along with your FREE book you will receive all these amazing benefits to support you and your school in delivering excellent RE:

•Termly REtoday magazine (including Professional REflection, the journal of NATRE), which focuses on classroom practice and current RE-related news and developments
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•And over 1,000 resources available online.

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NATRE Primary Survey 2018 https://retoday.org.uk/news/natre-primary-survey-2018 https://retoday.org.uk/news/permalink/520 Mon, 30 Apr 2018 14:31:00 +0100 We have launched our bi-annual NATRE Primary survey to obtain information about the current state of RE in all types of schools for Primary age children.

The data from this survey is crucial to help us plan how to support our primary teachers. It also gives vital evidence in our campaigning with the DfE - demonstrating what primary teachers and trainees need in order to ensure that the quality and provision of RE is good and fair.

Please complete this survey and encourage your colleagues and networks to do the same. As a thank you for completing the survey, you get £5 to spend with RE Today.

Click here to complete the survey

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DfE offers support to SACREs https://retoday.org.uk/news/dfe-offers-support-to-sacres https://retoday.org.uk/news/permalink/519 Wed, 18 Apr 2018 15:37:00 +0100 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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Job opportunity: RE Adviser wanted https://retoday.org.uk/news/job-opportunity-re-adviser-wanted https://retoday.org.uk/news/permalink/518 Fri, 13 Apr 2018 10:13:00 +0100 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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Check out our brand new primary resource! https://retoday.org.uk/news/check-out-our-brand-new-primary-resource https://retoday.org.uk/news/permalink/517 Fri, 09 Mar 2018 11:05:00 +0000 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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Chronic shortage of RE teachers in schools https://retoday.org.uk/news/chronic-shortage-of-re-teachers-in-schools https://retoday.org.uk/news/permalink/516 Fri, 16 Feb 2018 10:12:00 +0000 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 a generation keen to learn about the differences between faiths, beliefs and cultures in society. Over 60% of all 16-year olds take RE at GCSE and A level entries have more than doubled in the last 15 years. “This year we hope our campaign will capture the interest and imagination of those who may have considered teaching but may not have thought of RE. We have proved that showcasing the intellectual challenge of the subject and highlighting the rewards for teachers who have the opportunity to tackle complex and sensitive issues with teenagers, really resonates. We’re hoping to interest more would-be RE teachers who have a rich understanding of - and interest in - the subject, as well as real-life experiences to navigate this fascinating, highly-relevant subject.” RE specialists come from a variety of backgrounds. The PGCE course is open to graduates from a variety of academic disciplines and from all sorts of diverse backgrounds. A lack of subject expertise in schools – according to OFSTED around half (46%) of specialist RE teachers have no post-A Level qualification in the subject – shows that there are opportunities for fast career progression.

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Media coverage received


Media enquiries (including campaign images and video):
Tel: 0207 736 1888
Email: beyondtheordinary@3nine.co.uk
Colin Hallmark / Harriet Johnson, 3:nine Communications

Notes to editors:
•Anyone looking for more information about training to be a RE teacher should visit www.teachre.co.uk/beyondtheordinary.

•Previous Beyond the Ordinary campaign waves have seen an almost immediate surge in PGCE applications to train to become a secondary school RE teacher. The campaign was the first of its kind to draw attention to the stimulating nature of RE teaching. Fronted by RE teacher Lynsey Wilkinson, it uses media partnerships, social media and direct-mail campaigns to drive awareness and point prospective candidates to a promotional film which tells the story of Lynsey’s experience.

•Campaign lead, Kathryn Wright, director of the Teach RE course at Culham St Gabriel’s, believes that good RE teachers can come from all walks of life as they develop their students’ critical thinking skills and contribute significant benefits to society as a whole.

About the Beyond the Ordinary campaign

Beyond the Ordinary is an initiative to encourage more people to train as specialist RE teachers. It is being led by the Religious Education Council of England and Wales (REC), with support from the National Association of Teachers of RE (NATRE) and the Association of University Lecturers in Religion and Education (AULRE).

The campaign has received funding from the Culham St Gabriel’s Trust, the Sarum St Michael Educational Charity, the Jerusalem Trust, the St Christopher’s Trust, the St Luke’s College Foundation, and the All Saints Educational Trust.

Successful candidates will be eligible to receive training bursaries of £9,000 per year (for a 1st class degree or PhD) or £4,000 per year (for a 2:1) from the Department for Education.

Visit: www.teachre.co.uk/beyondtheordinary 

Campaign assets for media use include photography and the short film featuring Lynsey Wilkinson and the students from the Redhill Academy in Arnold, Nottinghamshire:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzvZTFmp6qc

[1] https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/663141/SFR68_2017_Text.pdf

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Strictly RE is growing! https://retoday.org.uk/news/strictly-re-is-growing https://retoday.org.uk/news/permalink/515 Fri, 16 Feb 2018 09:55:00 +0000 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 keynote, and thought how professionally she handled the tech issues - and having two sessions with Lat was much food for thought, as always.’

Daniel Hugill,  NATRE Chair, has commented:

‘Strictly RE 2018 was a wonderful day. The dedication and passion of teachers of RE was on display throughout the day. The keynotes speaker and seminar leaders provided delegates with much practical inspiration and affirmation. The delegates left equipped, supported, and encouraged. I am already looking forward to 2019!’


To top it all off, the event was trending on Twitter on the day!
To see what people said click here for the archived tweets #StrictlyRE.

Keep an eye out on Facebook NATREupdate for photos from the event.

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REtoday magazine spring 2018! https://retoday.org.uk/news/retoday-magazine-spring-2018 https://retoday.org.uk/news/permalink/514 Thu, 11 Jan 2018 14:18:00 +0000 Are you looking for inspirational lesson ideas, or interested in keeping up-to-date with the latest developments in RE? REtoday magazine could be just the thing for you!

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This term’s edition has opinion pieces from Brian Cox on truth and Alvin Plantinga on religion in philosophy, over 30 RE classroom ideas for your pupils such as ‘14 key moments in Jesus’ last hours’, five perspectives on science and faith from different religions and beliefs, creation stories, reactions to the Commission on RE Report and much more…

Get a copy of this full-colour magazine every term, providing you with all the latest RE news, developments and reviews along with practical classroom ideas and activities and informed comment on the theory and practice of RE.

View our contents page – REtoday_V35_No2_contents.pdf


Sample articles


How do you get REtoday magazine delivered to you every term?

REtoday is published three times a year in September, January and April by RE Today Services, and is edited by Lat Blaylock.

It is available as part of a NATRE membership which includes curriculum books, as well as many new benefits, such as discounts on courses, online seminars, FREE downloadable resources, access to RE Advisers and much more.

For more information and to join, see the Membership section of the NATRE website.

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Check out our brand new secondary resource! https://retoday.org.uk/news/check-out-our-brand-new-secondary-resource https://retoday.org.uk/news/permalink/513 Tue, 21 Nov 2017 13:49:00 +0000 Exploring essential concepts: a poster pack for RE

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We have a brand new resource for all of you secondary teachers of RE, Exploring essential concepts: a poster pack for RE is a collection of 12 artworks which were created by Si Smith for one of our popular series of curriculum resource books, Essential RE. The series was written to provide ideas and classroom resources centred around 12 essential concepts that are both at the heart of religious and non-religious worldviews, and also of central value for getting pupils to think about their own understanding of themselves and the world around them.

We have gained permission off the artist to pull these together into a poster pack for you which displays the 12 Essential RE covers onto hard-backed posters that you can use in your RE lessons along with the teacher guide book on how to use these best. On top of all of this you also get access to 190 downloadable images of the various images used within the covers.

Find out more here

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25 primary schools put the Archbishop’s under the spotlight in a live online Q&A session https://retoday.org.uk/news/the-archbishops-broadcasts-live-online-to-25-primary-schools https://retoday.org.uk/news/permalink/512 Thu, 16 Nov 2017 10:32:00 +0000  Archbishop-Justin-and-Fiona-Moss-edited.jpg

We are delighted to have been asked by the Diocese of Leicester to host a live webinar with the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby during his three-day visit to the city.

In an amongst his busy schedule he agreed to join us at Billesdon Church of England Primary School in Leicestershire, where RE Today Adviser Fiona Moss and team hosted a live webinar to 25 schools and 100 pupils across the city.

Through the beauty of technology the Archbishop, Bishop of Leicester Bishop Martyn and Director of Education Carolyn Lewis interacted with 100 pupils through a Q and A session around prayer. Ahead of the webinar pupils were asked to submit pre-prepared questions, these were then passed back out to the schools to vote through an interactive poll on the day to decide which questions they most wanted the Archbishop to answer. He was asked many thought-provoking questions by the pupils about prayer and worship such as;

‘Sometimes our prayers are answered, sometimes not. What should we do about this?’

‘As well as praying, is there another way to communicate with God?’

‘Why did you dedicate your life to God, and did prayer help with this decision?’

And many more…

Overall it was a fabulous day enjoyed by all, including the Archbishop who was extremely impressed with the RE Today’s professionalism, webinar software, presentation and coordination of the day.

Here are what some of the children had to say:

‘It caused the children to think really deeply about the big questions in life!’
Joy Hardy, Head teacher, Queniborough CE Primary School

‘The children really enjoyed being part of something special. They were interested in questions from other schools and these triggered more questions form them. They enjoyed hearing the answers form the panel.’
Louisa Sylvester, Teacher, Market Harborough C of E Academy

‘The discussion they had around the questions during the event really impressed me. It was lovely to sit behind them and allow them that time to discuss their thoughts in such a special way.’
Debbie Yeomans, SHLTA, St Margarets Primary School

Pictured above L to R: Archbishop Justin Welby and RE Today Adviser Fiona Moss.

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