Teaching the teachers
How we're working hard to get RE, and teaching about Christianity, taken seriously.
Helping to strengthen RE in primary schools
A key weakness of RE in the majority of (primary) schools was the superficial nature of the pupils’ learning. Too often, teaching failed to challenge pupils.
From the Making a Difference? A Review of Religious Education in Church of England Schools report, The National Society, September 2014
Working hard to get RE taken seriously
The Church of England and Roman Catholic diocesan networks are currently the most enthusiastic users of our services, but their primary schools and academies comprise only around 30% of the total schools in England and Wales. What about the other 70%? When it comes to RE, most of these schools are answerable to local authority syllabuses.
If you follow the news, you'll know that the power of local education authorities is being heavily challenged by central government. Sometimes, RE (as a subject) can disappear if nobody is looking after it.
So we're working hard to get RE (and in particular teaching about Christianity) taken seriously, and one way we do this is by creating training programmes that professionally scratch where schools are itching.
It also means our schools team getting involved and working together with anyone else who cares passionately about the subject - joining committees, organising conferences and being prepared to engage with the media at a time when Christianity can seem under threat.