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15/07/2014
Helping teachers interpret the DfE standards in relation to RE

What is it for? This is a support tool to help individual teachers interpret the DfE standards in relation to RE.  It could be used for self audit or in the context of professional development. The RE exemplification material simply illustrates the particular RE applications of the general standards and also refers to further helpful sources of information such as the REC’s Code of Conduct and Practice for Teachers of RE and the RE Quality Mark’s criteria for achieving that award.

Who wrote it? This guidance material was produced jointly by NATRE members and the Professional Development Committee of the RE Council.

Are RE teachers required to follow it? Unlike the DfE Teacher Standards, this is not a statement of a statutory requirement. It is something teachers can use as they wish to support their own development and for subject leaders to use in work with colleagues. Any suggestions as to how it might be improved will be welcomed.

Click to download the document


20/06/2014
Impact of Government policy on GCSE RS

Two elements of government policy since 2010 have been described as having 'unintended negative consequences for Religious Education'. The first of these was the English Baccalaureate introduced in 2010. This was a school performance measure for schools which were ranked according to the number of candidates who achieved a grade GCSE A*-C in five so - called academic subjects; English, Maths, Science, a language and History or Geography. The second decision was to change the method by which a school's average point score at GCSE was calculated. Details on the effect these have had have been analysed in this paper:

Impact_of_government_policy_on_GCSE_RS_150614_final.pdf


13/06/2014
2014 NATRE Secondary Survey - can you help?

NATRE has launched its annual survey on RE in secondary schools in England and urges all those who teach RE to complete it. Your responses will provide NATRE with invaluable details to inform its ongoing campaign to secure the place of RE in the curriculum in all types of schools in the face of significant challenges from changes in the curriculum.

As a thank-you for completing the survey, NATRE is offering a £5 voucher to use on any RE Today publications. The code you need to redeem your voucher is given at the end of the survey.

The deadline for completion is 25 July - make sure you have your say! Please also share the survey link below to all your contacts in secondary schools.

Complete the survey.


04/06/2014
A new adviser joins RE Today: introducing Kate Christopher

We're really pleased to announce the appointment of Kate Christopher as RE Today's new national adviser, following the retirement last year of Rosemary Rivett. Kate was appointed in late February after we received the largest field of candidates for an adviser post we have ever had.

Her wide experience in RE from community school, to pupil referral unit and boy's grammar school and her exceptional service on the NATRE national executive combine to give Kate excellent starting points in the work of an RE Adviser. She joins the team at a time when we are working on a widening range of contracts and training / CPD all over the country, so we are glad now to have an adviser in the south East of England. Expect to meet Kate at an RE event near you, soon.

Commenting on joining RE Today, she says: ‘After years of using RE Today’s excellent teaching resources and articles in my classroom, it is immensely exciting to have the opportunity to serve RE teachers. I love RE Today’s brand of rigorous, creative and innovative RE, and can't wait to join the team.’


03/06/2014
Latest conversation on #REchatUK - Creative Approach to RE

#REchatUK took place on Monday 2 June 2014 8 - 9pm. If you missed it and want to catch up on the discussion on ‘Creative approaches to RE ’ you can see it here.

Thanks to those who contributed. Do take a look and please consider taking part next month: Monday 7 July 8 - 9pm.

If you have any suggestions as to what next month's topic should be please send a tweet to @NATREupdate


29/05/2014
New to RE? Find the best support for your start here!

Will you be new to secondary RE in September 2014?

Are you hoping to be a newly qualified secondary RE teacher in September 2014? Would you value having an experienced RE teacher/leader as a personal mentor? Are you keen to extend your repertoire of strategies for teaching RE? Would you like support with deepening your subject knowledge, as you teach six religions and other worldviews?

If so you’ll be pleased to hear about the New to RE programme from National Association of Teachers of RE (NATRE). We have 25 places to offer to NQTs on our three-year early career development programme: New to RE.

Click the flyer to find out more New_to_RE_2014_flyer.pdf Complete the application form New_to_RE_2014_application_form.doc


29/05/2014
NATRE joins the Global Learning Programme (GLP)

NATRE are pleased to be partners in the Global Learning Programme (GLP) along with several other subject associations. Schools participating in GLP will experience the exciting impact that knowledge and understanding of global learning can bring to pupils' learning across the curriculum.

GLP will also help schools develop an ethos promoting tolerance, fairness and respect. Teachers involved in GLP will work with colleagues in local schools to drive forward global learning across the curriculum, share best practice and engage in funded CPD opportunities.

We are looking for partner schools to show how RE can support Global learning.

See here for more details and let us know on exec@natre.org.uk if you are interested.

Click here for overviews showing how to integrate Global learning into RE at Key Stage 2 Click here for overviews showing how to integrate Global learning into RE at Key Stage 3


27/05/2014
'Respect for ALL' at Aston Villa FC

Approximately 100 pupils took part in a ‘Respect for ALL day’ at Aston Villa FC hosted by RE Today and NATRE and funded by Culham St Gabriel’s and Sandwell SACRE.

Attended by schools from across the West Midlands, there was great collaboration between pupils from yr. 5 and yr. 8 learning about religions, belief, and promoting respect for all. Click to see photos from the day. Respect_for_All_day_at_Aston_Villa_2nd_May_2014_.pdf.


13/05/2014
Latest conversation on #REchatUK - GCSE RE

#REchatUK took place on Monday 12 May 2014 8 - 9pm. If you missed it and want to catch up on the discussion on ‘GCSE RE’ you can see it here.

Thanks to those who contributed. Do take a look and please consider taking part next month: Monday 2nd June 8 - 9pm.

If you have any suggestions as to what next month's topic should be please send a tweet to @NATREupdate


12/05/2014
BRAND NEW: Online seminars for primary and secondary

Getting out of the classroom for CPD opportunities can be difficult; to support you we are launching a range of NEW termly virtual seminars, which you can take part online wherever you are!

See what we currently have taking place below and join us for this terms online training:

Webinar: Using story in Primary RE Led by: Fiona Moss Date and time: Monday 16th June at 4pm - 5.15pm

This online seminar will provide participants with an overview of how to use story in Primary RE. Fiona Moss, the host, is Primary RE Adviser for RE Today Services and will explore: - Why it is good to use stories in primary RE? - Which stories should we use? - How can we share the story in a meaningful and engaging way?

If you are keen to develop your Primary RE, then you will find food for thought, practical ideas and a forum for discussion at this online seminar.

Delegates will receive any training materials, downloadable from the RE Today website after the conference, including access to the presentations.

Booking: Register today to join this seminar by clicking this link and completing the registration form Fee: Only £30 for Non NATRE members and discounted rates available for new NATRE members.

Webinar: Revising your KS3 for next year Led by: Lat Blaylock Date and time: Tuesday 24th June at 4pm - 5.15pm

How to Plan Better RE for 11-14s. This online seminar is for anyone interested in the development of the 11-14 RE Curriculum, taking on board the new RE Council Framework. Offering some new thinking and new practice for teachers, the session will provide insight into fresh ways of shaping the RE curriculum, linking to other subjects and establishing the best of RE.

Those who take part will have the opportunity to question and debate with the writer of the NCFRE, Lat Blaylock, and to apply the new framework in their own situation.

Delegates will receive any training materials, downloadable from the RE Today website after the conference, including access to the presentations

Booking: Register today to join this seminar by clicking this link and completing the registration form. Fee:  Only £30 for Non NATRE members and discounted rates available for new NATRE members.

Please Note: Payment methods for our online seminars: Once you have registered you will be required to make payment no later than two weeks prior to the seminar to receive your confirmation enabling you to join in on the day. On the registration form please stipulate whether you or your school/organisation will be paying for your training. * Schools will be invoiced. * Personal customers will need to provide card details once you have registered, you can do this by calling the office on 0121 472 4242 to make payment by card over the phone.


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