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Apr 25

#REchatUK: 'What makes for excellent assessment in RE?'

Posted by: Marketing Team, 25 April 2017

#REchatUK took place on Monday 25 April at 8pm-9pm
If you missed it and want to catch up on the discussion you can see it here:
#REchatUK: What makes for excellent assessment in RE?

If you have any suggestions for a great topic be please send a tweet to @NATREupdate.

Keep an eye out on our #REchatUK timetable here to see when the next #REchatUK will be.

For regular updates follow us on @NATREupdate.

#REchatUK Poster - for your staffroom to help get others involved in RE.


With the General Election fewer than 50 days away, and political parties hurrying to put together their manifestos, here are four things that we would like to see them include in order to help ensure that all pupils are able to have high quality religious education:

1. To take note of the recommendations of the Commission on Religious Education when they are published (due in the second half of 2018), and to explore how best to implement them.​​
2. To back up the current statutory requirement that schools provide religious education to all pupils with proper means to hold them to account, both for the level of provision and also its quality.
3. To increase the number of trained and qualified teachers of religious education, in order to eliminate the current shortfall.
4. To guarantee that all one year primary Initial Teacher Training (ITT) students to receive a minimum of 12 hours of subject specific training in religious education.

What is good RE?

RE is a vibrant, academically rigorous subject that bears little resemblance to the religious instruction seen in many schools in previous generations. Covering multiple faiths and non-religious worldviews, RE challenges children to explore faith and belief in a way that gives them the transferable skills of literacy and reasoning in the classroom and allows them to gain a better understanding of the world around them.

Why do these four commitments matter?

1. To take note of the recommendations of the Commission on Religious Education when they are…


Mar 14

New2RE programme September 2017

Posted by: Marketing Team, 14 March 2017

New to RE?

Find the best support for the start of your career here!

Are you likely to be a newly qualified secondary RE teacher in September 2017?
Are you keen to extend your repertoire of strategies for teaching RE?
Would support with deepening subject knowledge be helpful as you teach six religions and non-religious worldviews?
Would you value having an experienced RE teacher/leader as a personal mentor?
If so, you’ll be pleased to hear about the New2RE programme from the National Association of Teachers of RE (NATRE). Now in its fourth year, the New2RE programme is currently supporting 71 new teachers as they begin their careers.

New2RE is designed to support you in the first three years of your teaching career and help you develop your subject knowledge and your confidence as a teacher of RE. The programme will be tailored to your needs and is designed to complement and enhance the provision offered by your school.

The programme is free to the teacher, subject to a contribution of £120 from your participating school, and permission from your head teacher/principal to attend the residential course.

Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity for early career development! There are only 25 places available, so get in touch to register your interest today!

Click here to find out more.


Feb 24

RE State of the Nation research

Posted by: Marketing Team, 24 February 2017

This is a formal request information around the provision of Religious Education (RE) in your school, as part of the first nationwide project to collect information on RE in all ~4,500 state-funded secondary schools in England and Wales.

This important project, spearheaded by the Religious Education Council of England and Wales (REC), National Association of Teachers of Religious Education (NATRE) and RE Today, is running parallel to, but independent of, the continuing work of the Commission on Religious Education, which is conducting a review over the next two years of the legal, education, and policy frameworks for RE in all schools and colleges.

The information gathered from this research project will be used to establish a picture of RE provision across the country.”

We are formally requesting, therefore, that you provide information about RE in your school by completing the following survey (or forward to the RE subject lead for completion):

Complete the survey.

Please send your responses by Friday 17 March.
It should take around 15-20 minutes.

For more information about the survey, visit the NATRE website.

If you have any queries please email Sara Petela at or call 0207 735 6963.

Thank you for your support.
Fiona Moss
Executive Officer

Rudolf Eliott Lockhart
Chief Executive
RE Council

Zoe Keens
Chief Executive Officer
RE Today


Jan 06

The Commission on Religious Education Call for Evidence

Posted by: Marketing Team, 06 January 2017

The Commission on Religious Education (CoRE) is an independent body that was established to review the legal, education, and policy frameworks for religious education (RE) and to make evidence-based recommendations for policy makers and educationalists to consider. CoRE presents a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity to think deeply and broadly about the character, significance and role of religious education in our current local, national and global context. This call for evidence will form part of CoRE’s efforts to gather the evidence on which the Commissioners will base their recommendations. CoRE is keen to hear from as wide a range of people and organisations as possible.

We would encourage schools to fill in the survey which can be found using the link below.

Complete the survey.

Find out more about the Commission on Religious Education.


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