Strictly RE @Home 2022

Everything you love about Strictly RE from the comfort of your own home


Conference programme to follow!

Dates: Saturday 29 & Sunday 30 January 2022 (PLUS additional seminars leading up to Strictly!)

Location: Online

Full price: £115 - Price includes downloadable handouts and presentations from all sessions. NATRE member discounts available:

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:

  • Worldviews
  • Dharmic traditions
  • Ways of knowing

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.

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

  • Better Writing in RE ​(Primary)
  • Dealing with controversial issues in RE​ (Cross-phase)
  • Juggling depth, breadth, worldviews, challenge and essentialism in a KS3 curriculum​ (Secondary)
  • Hindu Concepts of the Divine​ (Secondary)
  • Multi-arts and sacred tests: making a difference through researching your teaching (Cross-phase)
  • How to be a champion for RE in your school and beyond (Cross-phase)
  • Diversity within the Buddhist worldview​ (Secondary)
  • Food and Faith: Teaching about food as an expression of faith, belief and identity​ (Secondary)
  • Children making progress in 4-7 RE​ (Primary)
  • Worldviews within Islam - the Primary edition​ (Primary)
  • Authentic Sikh RE (Secondary)
  • How can we improve student writing in RE? ​(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.

Seminar A - Saturday 29 January

Seminar A: 11:15-12:15
Age range Level Speaker Seminar details
6-11 Primary

Fiona Moss

A1: Better Writing in RE

How can we support pupils to express their ideas, opinions and knowledge coherently in RE? This session will share strategies to improve pupil writing across the breadth of religion and worldview. We will explore modelling, structures to support writing, creative ideas and look out how reading text, encountering religion and worldviews in real life and engaging in debate and the way they can improve pupil writing.
5-11 Primary

Katie Freeman

A2: Practical worldviews in Primary

In this session Katie will share some practical ideas of what teaching worldviews might look like in a primary school. She will also share her school's journey towards this approach and the steps towards curriculum design. There will be plenty of 'takeaway' ideas that delegates will be able to try out in their own schools.

5–16 Cross Phase

Sarah Payne

A3: Ohana means family...​

...Family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten. Inclusion is at the heart of SEND education, but what does that look like for RE? This cross-phase session will look at best (and worst) practice of including pupils with SEND in the RE journey. If you're teaching RE in a Special School or want to be more inclusive in your mainstream teaching, we'll be sharing tips, experiences and ideas for ensuring your pupils are not left behind or forgotten.


Cross Phase

Jennie Downes

A4: Edgy RE: Dealingwith controversialissues in RE

RE is at its best when teachers are confident to engage learners with the controversial aspects of religion and belief. Good RE should not ignore controversy and should provide rich opportunities for children to explore contentious and contested issues, but this can be daunting for some teachers. In this session, we will discuss the importance of providing RE that has a genuine critical edge. We will consider teachers’ duties and responsibilities, and offer practical insights and examples, along with tried and tested strategies to help you feel ready to deal with controversy in your classroom.

11-14 Secondary

Zameer Hussain

A5: Juggling Depth, Breadth, Worldviews, Challenge and Essentialism in a KS3 Curriculum

Zameer will be speaking about my journey in building a RE curriculum for a school model that has a two-year KS3. I will try to showcase how my curriculum attempts to be knowledge-rich, challenging, includes depth as well as breadth and embracing of 'worldviews' according to my understanding.

11–16 Secondary

Molly Acharya

A6: Hindu Concepts of the Divine

In this session Molly will help teachers to understand the often-misrepresented concept of the Divine within Hindu Dharma. We will look at a range of stimuli such as scriptures and images, which will help to clarify Hindu understanding. Teachers will also be able to takeaway some practical teaching strategies that they will be able to readily utilise in the classroom.

Seminar B - Saturday 29 January

Seminar B: 14:15-15:15
Age range Level Speaker(s) Seminar details
4-11 Primary Ashish Kundi and Adam Robertson

B1: Teaching Sanatan (Hindu) Dharma

This workshop aims to equip teachers to understand the rich diversity and pluralism of Sanatan (Hindu) dharma. It will set out some principles for decolonising our approach to teaching dharmic traditions, including an understanding of how a dharmic lens is dynamic, adaptable and concerned with self-realisation. This lively workshop will showcase practical and engaging ways of teaching Hindu concepts, texts and practices in the classroom, as well as offering ideas for sequencing and progressing knowledge to build a coherent understanding of Sanatan dharma for primary pupils.

4-11 Primary Julia Diamond Conway and Sarah Boyle

B2: ExploRESikhi

Coming soon!

5-14 Cross Phase Heather Boulby, Helen Rivers, Natalie Mason and Emma Salter

B3: Multi-arts and sacred texts: making a difference through researching your teaching

In this session you get three-for-one. To start, Heather Boulby talks about how she uses music, poetry and art in her teaching. Next Helen Rivers and Natalie Mason talk about how teachers use sacred text from Christianity, Islam and Sikhi teaching. Then the session is drawn together by a discussion led by Emma Salter about the ups and downs (mostly the ups) of teachers researching their own practice. Heather, Helen and Natalie's presentations are reports of their own research. Though their research is in Primary RE the session is suitable for both Primary and Secondary colleagues if you are interested to hear more about these projects and/or curious to find out more about researching your own practice.

5-18 Cross Phase Deborah Weston

B4: How to be a Champion for RE in your school and beyond

RE is often misunderstood both inside and outside our schools. Misunderstandings, as well as myths and stereotypes can cause issues with relationships with parents, senior leaders and even our local communities. In this session, delegates will consider some practical strategies for improving understanding of our subject; explaining its value for pupils as a preparation for adult life and promoting RE within the school and beyond.

11-14 Secondary Rachael Jackson-Royal

B5: Diversity within the Buddhist worldview

This session will explore a possible way of approaching this religious worldview which embraces greater diversity. This will help those who are considering how they can implement some of the ideas drawn from the current worldviews debate. It will also consider how this can be grounded within some current thinking regarding what makes good teaching. It is suitable for those who have not taught Buddhism before and also those who have had some previous experience in this area.

11-16 Secondary Angela Hill

B6: Food and Faith: Teaching about food as an expression of faith, belief and identity

A recent Pew Research study reported that nearly three-quarters of Hindus in India say a person cannot be Hindu if they eat beef. That is a far greater number than those who said a person cannot be Hindu if they do not believe in God, or if they never go to a temple. Doctrines around what foods should or should not be eaten, and when, feature strongly in many religious traditions. Why is food of such importance to religious identity for so many people? What are the connections between dharma and diet? Can diet define a religion or a worldview? With a focus on dharmic traditions, this session will give you practical ideas to enable your pupils to engage with these important questions, and to learn about and explore diverse ways in which food (or lack of it!) can be a profound expression of faith or belief.

Seminar C - Sunday 30 January

Seminar C: 11:30-12:30
Age range Level Speaker(s) Seminar details
4-7 Primary

Lat Blaylock

C1: Children making progress in 4-7 RE

Teachers attending this seminar, which will include ready-to-use classroom ideas will gain:​

Ideas for how the latest EYFS guidance applies to RE in Reception

Lessons using new BBC RE resources with pupils to enable progress

Clear examples of how pupil progress can be evidenced with 4-7s

Examples of pupils’ work in relation to progress and achievement​.

4-11 Primary Naila Missous

C2: Worldviews within Islam - the Primary edition

A Muslim comes in all shapes and sizes; from differing cultural backgrounds, to the languages they speak. The question is, is this apparent in our own teaching of Islam within the primary classroom? From the individual experience, to a whole community, how can we ensure that the worldviews within one of the most diverse and fast-growing religions in the world are presented to our primary pupils, as a gateway to further schema and application of knowledge in their learning.

5-16 Cross Phase

Adam Robertson

C3: Buddha Dhamma: Teachings and live dreality from Primary to Secondary’

This workshop will look at the rich diversity and traditions that can be found in Buddhism today. It will look at engaging ways of teaching key concepts from Key stage One to Three using story, texts and practices. In addition, it will unpack some of the diversity of Buddhist ways of living in the UK today through case studies, and show what progression in knowledge might look like.

7-16 Cross Phase

Lisa Shames

C4: Teaching Inclusive Judaism

What does it actually mean to be Jewish? Is Judaism a religion, culture or ethnicity? How can we teach Judaism holistically, whilst giving space to the different intersectional communities? What does it mean to be ‘Jewish And...?’ Join the Jewish Museum London Learning Team as they share more about their latest project Inclusive Judaism, funded by CStG. This project brings authentic and diverse images straight from the Jewish community direct to your classrooms in the form of an online image library.

11-16 Secondary

Dr Jasjit Singh and Ashish Kundi

C5: Authentic Sikh RE

Coming soon!

11-18 Secondary

Joe Kinnaird

C6: How can we improve student writing in RE?

I will outline the importance of explicit instruction and modelling for knowledge-rich writing in RE. I will provide strategies for how we can enable our students to write better sentences, paragraphs and essays across Key Stage 3-5. The session will explore how students can write within the disciplines ofRE and how we can use scholarship to enrich the writing students produce.

Additional weekday sessions leading up to Strictly RE 2022

w/c January 2022
Age range Level Speaker(s) Seminar details
5-16 All Paula Webber

W1: Let’s prepare for Religion Values and Ethics in the Curriculum for Wales

We will seek to explore the opportunities and challenges for designing your RVE curriculum in the Humanities Area of Learning and Experience in the new Curriculum for Wales (2022). Seeking to understand the legislative and curriculum changes in Wales, we will discuss how this may impact how we plan for learning in RVE. Unpacking the rich, stimulating statements of what matters that lie at the heart of planning for learning, we will discuss how some of the high-level concepts, such as worldviews, diversity and cynefin, can be explored in the classroom. This seminar will appeal to practitioners from Wales but would enable practitioners from further afield to consider the opportunities and challenges of curriculum design in their own settings. ​​​

7-11 Primary Saima Saleh

W2 Using Etymology In The Primary Classroom

This session will look at how Saima applied my research findings about using etymology to enhance pupils' religious literacy in the primary classroom. Saima will share the intent, implementation and impact of what I did. Join this session if you would like some lesson ideas on how to engage your pupils in some vocabulary-rich activities.

7-14 Primary Stephen Pett

W3 Revisiting teaching on-religious worldviews​

The category of ‘nones’ is complex and diverse; this session explores some ways of opening up that complexity, diving into data on varied responses on beliefs and ways of living.​​​

16-18 KS5 Rachael Jackson-Royal

W4 Representing women in A level RS

In this session we will explore some key women who could be included within the current A level specifications. This will be based on showing how these thinkers from within various disciplines, including philosophy and theology, can supplement and/or critique issues raised within the A level topics and other scholars that are specifically mentioned.

3-7 Primary Catriona Card and Naomi Anstice

W5 Adventures in stories​

Join Catriona and Naomi as they share their experiences of delivering Religion and world views starting with a picture book or online story. We will be looking at creative responses and how to embed religious literacy. This session will focus on resources for EYFS and KS1.​​​​

N/A N/A Claire Clinton and Fiona Moss

W6 Developing as a leader: an introduction to the leadership programme​

This workshop gives participants the opportunity to meet with RE leaders who are on or have participated in the Leadership Programme, and to hear from those who have put the programme together. Find out more about the programme here. Come along if you might be interested in being part of this innovative programme for 2022-2023.​​​​

6-16 Cross Phase Joanne Harris

W7 Scripture and story in the Hindu Dharma


This session will explore some of the sacred texts of the Hindu tradition, in particular, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. We will consider ways that these stories (and stories within the stories) can provide a rich source of learning about the Hindu Dharma in both primary and secondary RE lessons.

14-16 Secondary Tim Hunting

W8 Strategies for helping students with argument in GCSE RS essays


This session will report on the ongoing work of a group of secondary teacher-researchers, the GCSE RS Argument Research Group, who have collaborated to reflect on and help improve their teaching of GCSE RS essay writing and so improve student outcomes. We will look at the taxonomy of different essay types in the beliefs, practices and thematic sessions, strategies for helping students understand what is being asked of them, ways of thinking about argument in Religious Studies, types of evidence and ways for students improve their exam answers.

11-14 Secondary Stephen Pett

W9 Applying disciplinary lenses in KS3


There are rich opportunities for examining some of the content of RE through disciplinary lenses, such as sociology, theology and anthropology. This session will explore some practical ideas to apply different methods.

5-11 Primary Lat Blaylock

W10 Creative approaches to worldviews in RE: six ideas for 5-11s

Teachers attending this seminar, which will include ready-to-use classroom ideas, will gain: Examples from creative culture within different religion / worldview communities – literature, architecture, art, music – that can be used across the primary RE curriculum to excite pupils about RE An overview of RE’s connections to ways schools provide cultural capital. Ready to use learning activities for primary classrooms that amaze and provoke.

5-11 Primary Julia Diamond Conway

W11 How will I know?

The Ofsted research review on RE focuses on 3 types of knowledge: Substantive knowledge, ways of knowing and personal knowledge. Although these should not be artificially separated, this session focuses mainly on the second: ways of knowing. We will consider different methods of approaching this, giving everyone the opportunity to reflect upon current practice and how they can best ensure their pupils are effectively helped to ‘know how to know’ in RE.​

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Additional Seminars *

Additional seminars will be held in January in the run up to the Strictly weekend. These will all be evening slots between 5-8pm. Exact dates & times for each session will be announced soon. Please tick up to 3 (max) seminars that you would like to attend.

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