The 'new' approach to RE that's stood the test of time
20 years of Barnabas in Schools
The right approach at the right time
For 20 years BRF’s highly talented Barnabas in Schools team has travelled the country, bringing RE to life in primary schools urban and rural, from small church schools to large academy trusts.
Using story and song, role play and rhyme, puppetry and even Playmobil – in energetic activities and quiet reflection – their interactive Barnabas RE Days have unpacked Christian beliefs and themes for countless children in ways that stick.
Two decades ago it was considered innovative; today the Barnabas in Schools approach is accepted as good practice.
Previously, RE providers had tended to ‘just come and do an assembly,’ former team member Martyn Payne explains. While Barnabas in Schools does offer collective worship that the whole school can enjoy, more significantly, they were the first to provide ‘a proper, professional educational day’s experience along the lines of a Shakespeare Day or a Science Day, which were available for other areas of the curriculum...Teachers were often amazed in the early days that we weren’t there just to sit the children down at their desks and talk to them, but that we needed space for movement, and that there was a lot of interaction.’
Investing in a new generation
'Barnabas in Schools is widely respected across the country as being a reliable source of professional and innovative support for RE,' says Martyn. 'There are many, many children who have been introduced to what Christians believe through a Barnabas RE Day – and who can ever measure what a legacy that will have?'
Thanks to BRF donors, the cost of RE Days is kept competitively low at just £295. Could you donate the cost of
You might also like to consider leaving a gift in your will so that BRF can continue to help primary schools around the country explore Christianity creatively and confidently.
Thank you! Your financial support and prayers are so greatly appreciated.
Jane Butcher, Barnabas in Schools team leader