NATRE Vice Chair speaks at APPG on RE

NATRE were pleased that Katie Freeman, Vice Chair NATRE, was one of 4 teachers asked to speak in the Houses of Parliament to MPs, Lords and others interested in RE. On Tuesday 29 January 2019 the All Party Parliamentary Group on Religious Education met with a focus on Excellent RE.

Katie was given 6 minutes to speak, and included quotes from her pupils.

"You will hear lots from my pupils in the next six minutes and here is the first quote…‘RE is about deep learning and finding out about the beliefs of other people. We are able to challenge ourselves to go deeper with our learning because we have a specialist teacher who knows about what she is teaching’. (Year 5 pupil)

When I tell people that I am a Primary RE teacher they often think that all I teach is Christianity. RE to me is so much more than this, it is about teaching a wide range of religions and worldviews so that our young people are equipped to enter our diverse and ever changing world."

Click here to read Katie's full speech.

Fiona Moss, Executive Officer NATRE, was in attendance and commented "Religious Education is often misunderstood by key stakeholders so It was important that the voice of the Primary and secondary teacher was heard directly by decision makers"