Resourcing RE in your School
What do we need to consider?
Are we using a sufficiently wide range of resources in RE?
This guidance groups RE resources under the following seven types: books, home-produced material, websites, digital resources, artefacts and visual images, visits and visitors, and RE research.
Are we satisfied that the resources we are using are of sufficient quality?
A number of criteria can be applied to assess the quality of particular resources for use in RE, such as: accessibility for pupils of a particular age or attainment group; accuracy, integrity and balance; diversity and depth; use and applicability of illustrative material.
Are we making the best use of resources in both lessons and CPD?
The use of particular resources is influenced by factors such as preferred styles of learning and teaching, the confidence and knowledge of the teacher, cost and what is available. Among the many available resources aimed at supporting CPD in RE are the four short films exploring the nature, purpose and value of RE.
Does the way in which we store, handle and display resources convey positive messages about their value and importance?
The good storage and presentation of resources not only leads to ease of access but can also carry messages about their value and importance. It also demonstrates sensitivity to the faith or belief traditions concerned.