Strictly RE @Home 2021

Everything you love about StrictlyRE without having to leave your home


Date: 30 & 31 January 2021 (PLUS additional seminars leading up to Strictly!)


Location: Online

Full price: £100 (*NATRE member discounts available) (Price includes downloadable handouts and presentations from all sessions).

*NATRE members discounts: Platinum (£40 off), Gold (£40 off), Silver (£30 off), Bronze and ITT/NQT (£20).

We’ll be running twilight sessions throughout January, culminating in a weekend of keynotes, seminars and networking. These will be announced soon! Delegates who have already booked a place will be the first to hear about them and book their sessions.

Strictly RE @ Home will have a strong focus across the conference on:


Schools and teachers are more aware than ever about the importance of the ordering of curriculum and building knowledge and understanding. At Strictly RE @ Home we will look at constructing a coherent curriculum and developing the theme in RE of the importance of both substantive knowledge and disciplinary knowledge. We are thrilled to have two experts delivering keynotes sessions: Richard Kueh (Ofsted) and Christine Counsell.


There has been lots of discussion about the idea of ‘Religion and Worldviews’, raising lots of questions: What do we mean when we talk about worldviews? Are worldviews important in RE? How and why do we need to teach about them? These questions and more will be addressed throughout the conference in keynotes and seminars.

Anti-racist RE

The importance of anti-racism in education is high on the agenda of many schools and teachers, with many looking into how to take the first or next steps in their setting. We are delighted to host a panel discussion on anti-racist RE featuring teachers and academics sharing ideas, highlighting the importance of anti-racist RE and how we move towards a more anti-racist content. There is also a primary and secondary session led by teachers of RE and Lat Blaylock of RE Today who have worked to create a suite of resources with generous funding from the Free Churches group and Methodist Schools.

We have something for everyone, from head teachers to ITE’s. There’s lots to choose from, and we hope that you will pick and mix from across the month and weekend to create a programme that works for you. You do not have to to attend a seminar at every time slot.

Strictly RE 2021

Choose from 24 seminars on a wide variety of topics and across all key stages including:

  • Anti-racist RE (Primary & Secondary sessions)
  • Beginners Guide to Curriculum Building at Secondary (Secondary)
  • Primary subject leadership (the how to guide) (Primary)
  • A new Curriculum for Wales: Ideas and innovation for RE in schools everywhere (Cross phase)
  • Shake, rattle and roll – make some noise! Judaism in the primary school (Primary)
  • Worldviews within Islam (Cross phase)
  • Virtual visits and visitors (plundering the online) (Cross phase)
  • RS and Religion and Worldviews. We teach both and here's why! (Secondary)
  • Teaching about Hindu worldviews at KS3 (Secondary)

How to book?

  • Book via the online booking form below

Any questions?

Seminar timetables & speaker profiles

Click on the tabs below to view full details of all the seminars taking place at the conference. You can also download the weekend programme with all timings and all session details here.

Additional seminars leading up to: StrictlyRE@Home additional seminars

Speaker profiles coming soon.

Seminar A - Saturday 30 January

Seminar A: 11:15-12:15
Age range Level Speaker Seminar details
5-11 Primary

Fiona Moss

A1: Using Story and text in Primary RE

Texts to teach about identity, lived religion and worldviews and beliefs will be explored together with strategies to use in RE lessons in the Primary school. Which texts? How can these be used? Come along to hear about and share ideas for texts to share and ideas of how to use them.

5-11 Primary

Stephen Pett

A2: Multidisciplinary RE

Help your pupils to become investigators in RE. We’ll examine the kinds of questions asked by different investigators into religion and some different methods for finding and evaluating answers - in other words, we’ll practise academic disciplines in RE. Enable your pupils to become psychologists, theologians or sociologists for a day!

7–16 Cross Phase

Angela Hill

A3: Ways with words: 7 strategies to promote peaceful discussion of contested issues

The best RE is not afraid of controversy! This session will explore practical strategies for helping pupils engage in peaceful and productive discussion of contested issues in RE.


Cross Phase

Jennie Downes

A4: A new Curriculum for Wales: Ideas and innovation for RE in schools everywhere

This seminar presents how Church in Wales schools are working to align the four purposes of Curriculum 2022 to their distinctive Christian Character and Vision. There will be lots of ideas to help you think about your RE curriculum wherever you teach. Schools have been creating curricula which draw the subject areas of history, geography and religious education together into ‘humanities’. Using the concept of ‘cynefin’ (belonging) to ask the following questions: Who are we? Why are we here? How then do we live?

11-14 Secondary

Neil McKain

A5: Religious Studies and Religion and Worldviews. We teach both and here's why!

Neil is a Head of Department in an Independent School. In this session he will outline the rationale (INTENT) for his curriculum and why he teaches both Religious Studies and Religion and Worldviews. He will offer some concrete examples (IMPLEMENTATION) of how this is taught to different years with practical activities and resources that attendees can take back to their schools. Neil will also share examples of the impact this has had on his students including some examples of students sharing their work and their reflections on what they have learnt.

11–16 Secondary

Becky Palmer

A6: Beginners Guide to Curriculum Building at Secondary

This session will talk through strategies and share tools to aid in designing a curriculum for your own setting. We will draw on national and local guidance including good practice and share personal experiences of what has worked (and what hasn't). Helpful for those new to curriculum design (new HODs) and colleagues working in single person departments to articulate intention.

Seminar B - Saturday 30 January

Seminar B: 14:00-15:00
Age range Level Speaker(s) Seminar details
5-11 Primary Katie Freeman

B1: Primary subject leadership (the how to guide)

In this session we will look at what it means to be an RE lead in the primary school, we will share resources that can be used, lesson ideas, monitoring suggestions and assessment tips. This session will be suitable for new to the role RE leads and also those who have been in post for a number of years.

5-11 Primary Jennifer Jenkins

B2: ‘Enlarge the Place of Your Tent’: Exploring the Breadth of Christianity Within Your RE Curriculum

This session will look at the breadth of Christianity that can be captured within your coverage of Christianity in your RE Curriculum. Discover how a range of Christian beliefs and practices across denominations and cultures can find their way into the primary classroom to enrich learning.

5-16 Cross Phase Janet Orchard and Adam Robertson

B3: From the city of Statue topplers

The iconic toppling of the statue of Edward Colston in central Bristol on June 7th 2020 has come to symbolise a renewed awareness of Britain's uncomfortable past. How can we learn from Black Theology and lived black experiences of religious life in Britain to re-imagine the RE curriculum? Using key moments of change and protest from our own local context as a starting point, we suggest practical ways in which religious knowledge and understanding can be promoted in age-appropriate ways in RE classrooms.

5-16 Cross Phase Julia Diamond- Conway

B4: Virtual visits and visitors (plundering the online)

Visits and visitors bring theoretical RE to life and can make incredibly valuable contributions to pupils’ learning. Online resources are also great ways of adding to pupils’ experiences here and have become especially useful tools over the last few months. Join this session if you want to think in more depth about how to ensure your pupils get the best opportunities possible to engage with visits and visitors without necessarily even leaving the classroom, alongside making the most of what’s currently available online in your RE sessions.

11-16 Secondary Gerry Cohen

B5: Engaging the Un-engaged

Sharing some adaptable tools and strategies in the classroom AND outside to encourage engagement. We will be sharing some tried and tested methods used by teachers with different skills. We will look at different ways to get reactions via sticky-notes, noise-makers, silent responses, sudden changes in lesson direction, live or recorded music or film clips, invisible pupil praise and other techniques. We’ll also see a few different uses of artifacts and ways of developing religious literacy in your pupils.

16-18 Secondary Rachael Jackson Royal

B6: 10 new thinkers linked to the A level curriculum

This session will look at contemporary thinkers and ideas linked to the A level content for Philosophy, Ethics and Christianity. A must have for those who want to go beyond traditional thinkers and ideas and spice up their A level teaching.

Seminar C - Sunday 31 January

Seminar C: 11:30-12:30
Age range Level Speaker(s) Seminar details
5-11 Primary

Naomi Anstice

C1: Running an RE week

Would you like to host an RE week across your primary school? Have you run successful interfaith weeks? Come and share your ideas and pick up new ideas about possible themes, community involvement, how to include global awareness and how to progress concepts over different year groups.

5-11 Primary Ellie Olmer

C2: Shake, rattle and roll – make some noise! Judaism in the primary school

Exploring the meaning, richness and joy of the three Jewish Pilgrim Festivals, Pesach, Shavout and Sukkot and the irreverence and roar of Purim. This will be a pacey and lively journey which will equip teachers with the knowledge to delve into and deliver directly into the classroom, the fun and energy that each festival’s customs encompass. Through a Jewish child’s lens of ‘learning by doing’, teachers will be guided through the traditions and use of religious and symbolic artefacts for a potentially colourful RE experience.

8-16 Cross Phase

Zameer Hussain

C3: Worldviews within Islam

Moving beyond different Islamic sects and denominations, we will be exploring the diverse worldviews that exist within the faith tradition. Conservative? Liberal? Global domination? Pluralism? We will be looking at the roots, development and theologies of the different worldviews within Islam to help equip our teachers with confidence in teaching any topic within Islam.

N/A Cross Phase

Chris Giles

C4: How to develop leadership skills and develop your team

How to raise the profile of teaching and learning in RE. Learn how to develop others in your team Managing Change in RE- taking people with you, including difficult conversations.

11-16 Secondary

Natasha Boyce and Lat Blaylock

C5: Anti-racist Secondary RE

To follow.

11-14 Secondary

Joanne Harris

C6: Teaching about Hindu worldviews at KS3

This session will explore practical ideas for teaching about the Hindu dharma in KS3 RE. There will also be some time given to subject knowledge and curriculum planning, including how we might embed and revisit key concepts in order to support deeper learning.

Seminar D - Sunday 31 January

Seminar A: 14:00-15:00
Age range Level Speaker Seminar details
5-11 Primary

Saima Saleh and Lat Blaylock

D1: Anti-racist Primary RE

Saima and Lat will present project materials , tired and tested, for anti-racist RE which enable 7-11s to think for themselves about some ways that prejudice can be reduced and about how religious teachings and practice are connected to working for racial justice.

5-11 Primary

Katie Gooch

D2: Primary Empowerment: Confident curriculum construction, curation and conversations

RE Subject leadership is a glorious gift, but sometimes it seems like a poison chalice. In this session, we will find out why RE is historically and legally "special" and what this means for your school's curriculum choices. We will consider what practical tools you can use to choose, construct and audit your curriculum and how you can confidently communicate why those choices are right for your setting

3–19 Cross Phase

Phillip Robinson

D3: Growing a mustard tree: some reflections on creating a curriculum

In this session Philip will share some reflections on the collaborative process that has led to the construction of the Religious Education Curriculum Directory for Catholic schools in England and Wales and speak about what has gone well - and what not so well – which will be useful for all those faced with the task of planning an RE curriculum for today’s pupils across the full age range (3-19) and in all school types, which is sequential, progressive and inclusive.


Cross Phase

Opinderjit Takhar

D4: Fluid identities in the Panjabi context (title tbc)

To follow.

11-16 Secondary

Angela Hill

D5: Who deserves a place at the table of religion and worldviews?

This enquiry-based session invites thinking and discussion around opening up the RE classroom to a wider range of worldviews, beyond religions and non-religious views such as atheism. We will consider fundamental questions such as whether the inclusion of a variety of ‘worldviews’ risks a loss of religious literacy. With a focus on ‘ethical veganism’ as worldview, we will critically explore practical approaches for teaching about a wider range of worldviews.

11–16 Secondary

Stephen Pett

D6: Multi-disciplinary RE

Applying different disciplines in RE affects the kinds of questions we ask and the methods we use to find and evaluate the answers. Empower your students to become psychologists, sociologists and theologians, starting with practical steps for exploring ideas of God, and religious and non-religious worldviews.

Additional weekday sessions leading up to Strictly RE 2021
w/c 18 & w/C 25 January 2021

w/c 18 January 2021
Age range Level Speaker(s) Seminar details
5-16 Cross Phase Joanne Harris

W1: How the RE curriculum contributes
to cultural capital

Tuesday 19 January 2021 / 5-6pm
According to the School inspection handbook, cultural capital is 'the essential knowledge that pupils need to be educated citizens, introducing them to the best that has been thought and said and helping to engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.’ This session will explore the contribution that the RE curriculum might make in supporting this in their schools. This will be a cross phase session and include ideas for both primary and secondary RE.

N/A N/A Justine Ball, Adam
Robertson, Lucy Still

W2 Developing as a leader in RE

Tuesday 19 January 2021 / 7-8pm
This workshop gives participants the opportunity to meet with RE leaders who are on the Leadership Programme 2020 2021, and to hear from those who have put the programme together.
Find out more about the pilot programme here: re/equipping-and-building-a-community-of-leaders-for-change/
Come along if you might be interested in being part of this innovative programme for 2021

5-11 Primary Julia Diamond

W3 Religion is messy (worldviews in Primary RE)

Wednesday 20 January 2021 / 5-6pm

14-19 Secondary Esther Zarifi

W4 GCSE & A Level RS: including an exam,
rather than to an exam

Wednesday 20 January 2021 / 7-8pm
This session will explore ways in which the RS curriculum at KS4 and 5 can go beyond teaching to the exam, and instead focus on subject learning which includes an exam assessment. The assessment objectives for all RS specifications can facilitate great RE, and can lead to broad and knowledge rich
curriculum design.

9-18 Cross Phase TBC

W5 Progression across the curriculum:
Teaching about the Holocaust in RE

Thursday 21 January 2021 / 7-8pm


w/c 25 January 2021
5-16 Cross Phase Luke Donnellan

W6 Humanist Lives: stories from the non-

Tuesday 26 January 2021 / 5-6pm
Humanists today, their actions, passions, and motivations how do these tie into the main features of the humanist approach to life e.g. a scientist, an artist, a campaigner, a celebrant, a pastoral carer.
Suggestions of ways to use these in the primary and secondary classroom.

N/A N/A Naomi Anstice,
Saima Saleh

W7 Running your local group virtually and face to face

Tuesday 26 January 2021 / 7-8pm
Are you a leader of a NATRE affiliated local group? Do you often wonder how to keep your meetings alive? Then join Naomi Anstice and myself to explore how to successfully run both virtual and face to face meetings. We'll go through the step by step process with you, from how best to choose meeting dates, to advertising, holding your meetings and even evaluating how the meetings went. We'll cover
the advantages of holding both types of meetings and will share many top tips with you.

11-14 Secondary Matt Vince

W8 Discovering Muslims in Britain:
developing support for KS3 RE

Thursday 28 January 2021 / 5-6pm
Developed by Cardiff University’s Islam
UK Centre, Discovering Muslims in Britain provides teaching resources and accompanying online CPD to help teachers develop contemporary and meaningful schemes of work for their RE curriculum. In this session, the team talk about their approach to developing such resources, how it could be used in the classroom, and ask whether such initiatives led by universities are desired as a way of engagement.

N/A N/A Kathryn Wright

W9 Research Matters: What can teachers
learn from current research in religion
and worldviews?

Thursday 28 January 2021 / 7-8pm
What does it mean to be research aware, informed and active? I will host short conversations with a series of researchers in the field of religion and worldviews. We will explore current research and discuss its importance in terms of curriculum, pedagogy and policy. Participants will have the
opportunity to ask questions and to discuss what research they think is needed by teachers, as well as hear the researchers’ perspectives on this vital issue which impacts on effective classroom practice.