What is the NATRE Executive?
NATRE works through an Executive of approximately 25 members, including primary teachers, secondary teachers and co-opted members. Roles on the Executive include Chair, Vice Chair (Primary), Vice Chair (Secondary), Action Group leaders, Assistant to the Chair, Local Groups Officer, NATRE Network Officer, Executive Officer, Projects Officer and Research Officer.
Members of the Executive are elected for a term of three years and are able to serve a maximum of two terms, although, in exceptional circumstances, these terms may be extended further.
How does the Executive support RE?
Our Executive works, during and between meetings, on a number of different areas in support its development plan. These areas include:
- Training and Professional Development
- Curriculum Development and Assessment
- Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development
- Public Policy and Engagement
- Other issues that require attention
What is the role of the Steering Group?
The Steering Group comprises the Chair, Vice Chairs, Executive action group leaders, the Executive Officer and Research Officer. The Steering Group seeks to co-ordinate and support the work of the Executive, meeting several times during the year.
How often does the Executive meet?
The Executive meets in full at least three times a year to review and discuss policy issues, undertake work in action groups, implement proposals, consult on national policy, review NATRE’s development plan and receive a report from the Chair and other officers.
What type of activities do members of the Executive take part in?
Executive members are usually actively involved in a Local Group, write for REtoday magazine, represent NATRE on committees such as the RE Council, the Expert Advisory Group or the Council for Subject Associations. They are encouraged to serve on their local SACRE or get involved in local or national projects, such as GCSE/GCE reform and Learning Outside the Classroom, providing training for other teachers or be involved in RE-related research.
Our aim for the future is to increase the support we offer to our members and the wider RE community. We believe excellent RE should be available in every school around the country and are committed to making this a reality.
Want to get involved in the NATRE Executive?
Our current Executive Committee ends its terms of office at the end of February 2018, and this term we are seeking nominations from serving RE teachers to work on this national body for three years from March 2018 – February 2021. We will elect up to 8 primary teachers and 8 secondary teachers. All NATRE members are eligible to stand for office and to vote.
Those who join the Executive need to be willing to attend three meetings per year (one of which is a residential and all of which include a Saturday), and to be activists for good RE in their own circumstances and on a national level. Expenses are met by our sponsors. The work can be challenging, but is also extremely rewarding both personally and professionally.
To join the Executive, or nominate a colleague:
Download and complete the NATRE nomination form (Word version / PDF version) and return it to Fiona Moss (Executive Officer) by email firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 24 February 2017.
If you would like more details, please contact Fiona or Daniel Hugill (Chair): Chair@natre.org.uk to arrange a conversation.