What is a Local Group?

There are over 260 local network groups across the UK, Hong Kong and Cyprus connecting over 2000 teachers and RE professionals. These groups are coordinated by the NATRE Local Groups officer, Juliet Lyal, a member of the NATRE Executive.

The NATRE affiliated groups all come in different forms providing networking opportunities and engagement that can be invaluable to teachers, lesson ideas and solutions; helping the RE network grow with familiarity of the local areas and opportunities to understand what is happening in the region and across the country.

Each local group is affiliated with NATRE which enables it to benefit from the support we can offer. Our aim is that every teacher of RE should have a NATRE- affiliated local group within 10 miles (or 30 minutes) of where they live or teach!

If we don't have a Regional Ambassador in your area, you can contact our NATRE Local Groups officer Juliet Lyal for support.

East Anglia


Group name Location Group type Connect to your local group
Colchester Secondary RE Group Colchester Secondary Connect
Harlow NATRE Local Group Harlow Primary Connect
North East Essex Hub Essex Primary Connect
Southend Primary RE Network Southend-on-Sea Primary Connect
Southend Secondary RE Group Southend-on-Sea Secondary Connect
Thurrock Secondary NATRE Group Thurrock Secondary Connect


Group name Location Group type Connect to your local group
Hethersett Cluster RE Network Norwich Primary Connect
Mid Norfolk RE Network Norfolk Cross Phase Connect
Norfolk Local Leaders’ Forum Primary Norfolk Primary Connect
North Norfolk Hub Norfolk Primary Connect
Norwich East RE Network Norfolk Primary Connect
Norwich Primary RE Network Norfolk Primary Connect
Reepham Cross Phase RE NATRE Group Norfolk Cross Phase Connect
The Hobart Cluster Group Thurton Primary Connect


Group name Location Group type Connect to your local group
Active learning Trust RE Development Group Ipswich Cross Phase Connect
East Coast Religious Education (ECRE) Norfolk Primary Connect
North East Ipswich Teaching and Learning Network - RE Group Suffolk Primary Connect

Local Group Meetings

North East Essex RE Hub

17th June 2019
13.00 to 15.00 Lunch provided
Birch C of E Primary, School Hill, Birch, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0LZ

Group Leader: Kate Moore headteacher@birch.essex.sch.uk

Focus/Theme: What does outstanding RE look like. Sharing info on local visits and visitors

Norfolk RE Local Leaders Forum

18th June 2019
13:30 - 16:30
Diocesan House, 109 Dereham Road, Easton, Norwich NR9 5ES

Group Leader: Jay Linder and Katy McKay holly.davy@dioceseofnorwich.org

Focus/Theme: Theologies of Reading update, RE in the EYFS, ARE moderation,

Ipswich Primary RE Network Group

6th June 2019
16.00 - 17.00
Sidegate Primary School, Ipswich

Group Leader: Katie Gooch katie.gooch@sidegate.net

Focus/Theme: Kick off meeting - first meeting of the new Ipswich Primary RE Network Group

Welwyn, Hatfield & Hertford Encuraging RE (WHHERE)

3rd July 2019
3.45 (refreshments) then 4pm - 5.15pm
WGC United Reformed Church, Church Road, WGC. AL8 6PS Free carpark – entrance next to The Doctors’ Tonic pub

Group Leader: Wendy Lidgate wendy.lidgate@outlook.com

Focus/Theme: A presentation from Julian Wall of Amaravati monastery, Gt Gaddesden, about Buddhism in the Thai Forest tradition; national RE updates from NATRE Exec member Laura Passmore