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Matthew Harding, Deputy Head and RE Lead at St. Matthew’s Primary School, led and hosted the Bolton RE Teachers Together meeting. Based in Little Lever, Bolton the group had around 20 teachers present, a fantastic turnout!

Held on the 20th June 2019, the local group included a guest speaker from the scheme of work “HeartSmart” – a set of lessons to enhance PSHE, SMSC and the ethos of your school, based on Christian values but suitable for all schools, faith or otherwise.

The group also focussed on teaching Christianity as a multicultural religion, looking at how to break down subtle stereotypes and show that Christianity is not a white, western religion but has a presence and followers in all the countries in the world. Matthew and team also looked at ways to promote this proactively in our schools through our RE lessons and collective worship.

The final topic of conversation was assessment, a popular topic for RE teachers looking for substantial proven marking methods. Using the best-selling resource by RE Today, the group linked to the book “Assessment in RE” and discussed how to use the book for maximum impact.

According to Matthew, the most useful element of the group was being able to link religion to multiculturalism. In an ever-changing society, teaching pupils of international communities, traditions and religions in a precise, respectful manner gives teachers confidence when teaching young people.

Next meeting date: TBC for November

Focus: To be confirmed

Ideas for your next Local Group meeting

  • Use your local group as an assessment workshop – show and tell examples of work
  • Look at your local demographics of culture and religion and factor them into your agenda
  • Invite organisations that cover multiple subjects, such as “HeartSmart” who cover PSHE, SMSC and your school ethos.