Local Group News Board

The Central Oxford local group met on 6 March 2019 to explore Non-Christian festivals, their importance and corresponding themes. Hosted by Anne Andrews at the Diocesan Church House, the discussion highlighted the many similarities and trends running through the various celebrated festivals and provided RE practitioners with valuable tools to translate their new knowledge to their classrooms.

Covering Spring festivals such as Holi, Purim, Vaisakhi and Pesach: some teachers gained entirely new information and were excited to share the message within their schools. The overarching message of these festivals was to place God before convenience and to offer thanks for Spring and its bounty. Each festival was introduced, discussed and its customary traditions were explained, along with reasons.

Joining local group meetings and learning information is vital for RE practitioners who are keen to consistently progress, broaden their horizons and become better educators. Associations such as NATRE provide accredited resources and information, whilst also providing CPD qualifying hours for teacher’s portfolios.

To conclude, the teachers valued the time to gather together face to face and enhance their RE subject knowledge.

Next meeting: 6 June 2019

Focus: A moderation session, where participating teachers bring pieces of their work and moderate as a collective.

Ideas for your local group meeting:

  • Group moderation – allow teachers to share pieces of work and discuss their assessment points
  • Include food! Each festival and religion can usually be found to have customary culinary delights
  • Refer a friend – remember to prompt members to spread the word of their local groups if they found the session rewarding, remember they are open to all!

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