Winners of RE Prize announced!
Posted by: Rosemary, 29 May 2013
The 2013 Hockerill / NATRE Prize for Innovation in RE Teachng has proved that the talent of RE Teachers in this nation’s schools is second to none with an exceptionally high standard being evident in every entry.
In the Primary sector there was a clear winner:
- Ellison Boulters CE Academy in Lincoln – for its methodology based on what Religions do practically, involving members of local religious communities talking to the children about who they are and what they do, rather than looking at each religion from a purely factual or historical point of view.
All other entrants were of a very high standard but none warranted a Second prize.
In the Secondary sector again there was a clear winner:
- Coopers’ Company and Coborn School in Upminster – for a comprehensive and innovative approach to the subject of ‘Dialogue’ and in particular interfaith dialogue at KS3,4 and 5 level.
Of the remaining entries one school stood out and was awarded a second prize:
- Archbishop Tenison’s School in Croydon – for its development of Homework Resources to compliment the class learning of RS, thus enabling a clear integration of homework with the class learning. In addition the resources were developed to encourage the full involvement of the parents/carers in this learning experience.
All the remaining entries were of a consistently high standard.
The Judges overall comment was that the 2013 Prize had produced an exceptionally high standard of entries and shows that there is some very good RE being taught in our schools. The judges have asked that all entrants not receiving prizes be given a Certificate of Commendation and that they should all have a token in recognition of the work put into their entries. As a result each of these schools will receive a £50 voucher to be used to purchase teaching resources from RE Today.
The Hockerill Educational Foundation and NATRE joined forces in 2010 to provide the world of Primary and Secondary Education with a new prize which recognised the work and dedication of those who teach Religious Education.
The Hockerill Educational Foundation was established as a charity in 1977 following the closure of the Hockerill College of Education in Bishops Stortford. It is a Church of England Foundation whose main objectives are to make grants in the field of education and in particular to support the education and training of teachers, and research & development, in Religious Education.
NATRE is the subject teacher association for RE professionals in primary and secondary schools and higher education, providing a focal point for their concerns, a representative voice at national level, and publications & courses to promote professional development.
Both NATRE and the Hockerill Educational Foundation are members of the RE Council of England and Wales. NATRE is a member of the Council for Subject Associations.
Hockerill and NATRE have developed this prize to recognise innovation in this significant subject area, and the importance of the school ethos in providing the right environment for innovation to take place. The prize recognises both these elements and as a result is in two parts:
- a monetary prize for the school to enable it to purchase new RE materials.
- an educational bursary for the teacher to part fund attendance at a specialist educational course.
The prize also recognises that the needs and requirements of the Primary and Secondary sectors are different and is therefore given separately in each sector.
The First Prize, in each sector, is £700 to the School and a bursary of £400 to the teacher.