Local Group News Board
Zameer Hussain, NATRE Executive and Head of Religious Education at Beal High School led another insightful local Redbridge Secondary RE Network group meeting. Held on 25 March, the meeting provided an ideal forum to come together and discuss the current state of RE and explore lesson ideas.
Covering a variety of subjects, the session began with the new OFSTED framework and the group discussed its relevance to RE practitioners. It is a legal requirement to teach RE in schools, hence, it is still monitored and observed by OFSTED, this has been highlighted within the recently released framework.
The meeting hosted a visitor from the Christian Education Project (CEP),which exists as a link between Redbridge schools and the local church. It conducts lessons and assemblies that aim to support teachers in their delivery of Christianity as part of the RE syllabus. CEP introduced the services they provide and expressed their ongoing support for organisations like NATRE and local group who collaboratively work to enhance RE in schools.
Delegates were also encouraged to complete the NATRE Secondary School survey: an opportunity to feedback and improve the overall teaching of RE in schools nationwide. As local groups are open to all teachers of RE, both non NATRE and NATRE members, there was chance to showcase the benefits of joining the UK’s largest RE teaching association.
One of the key take home messages from the day was the enjoyment of being within like-minded professionals, sharing expertise and best practice. Joining an association such as NATRE provides unlimited access to accredited resources. The group also enjoyed being able to discuss workplace scenarios they require support with, such as the KS3 and Alevel assessment. Having shared resources including assessment marking criteria ensures a fair representation of the subject and makes it easier for teachers to use resources provided by esteemed RE professionals.
Next meeting: Summer Term in June – Date to be confirmed
Focus: Workshop based on a religion chosen by the group, A-level students to come for a Q&A session and discussing real school-based issues to find collective solutions
Ideas for your local group meeting:
- Choose a particularly valued resource and discuss it with the group
- Encourage teachers to bring real student questions to discuss together
- Start the meeting with your RE wish list, what you would like to get out of the time spent