The purpose of the guidance
The quality and health of Religious Education (RE) in schools is influenced by many factors including the quality of the resources that are used. And never before, particularly with the advent of digital resources and the internet, has the range of available resources been so wide.
This online guidance seeks to support schools in reviewing the range and quality of resources that they are using. There is obvious potential not only for use by groups in continuing professional development (CPD) but also for the material to be supplemented at a later stage.
How the guidance is set out
The eight sections of the guidance focus on general issues as well as the different types of resource used in RE.
Resourcing RE in your school
Artefacts and visual images
Visits and visitors
Research in RE
Each section contains three types of material which can be read online or downloaded:
- a short guidance document which, under a number of key questions, outlines issues that schools might consider
- a PDF document which summarises the findings of the DCSF report Materials used to Teach about World Religions in Schools in England (January 2010) relevant to the section
- a further PDF document or documents containing material (such as checklists, activities and further information) to support teachers in addressing the key questions raised in the guidance.
Two useful links
The Religious Education CPD Handbook www.re-handbook.org.uk has a section on 'resourcing and planning religious education'.
The Religious Education Council of England and Wales website www.religiouseducationcouncil.org includes 'guidance for teachers on resource selection' as well as guidance for publishers.