RE Resources & balancedRE
There are many resources and professional organisations available to help you deliver exciting and high quality RE in your school or academy. The suggestions below are a starting point!
This organisation provides national and local support for RE teachers and subject leaders. It runs conferences, provides training and online support, and serves as an initial point of contact for up-to-date information about RE. You may be interested in their monthly #rechatuk Twitter chat (the first Monday of every month between 8pm and 9pm).
This is an umbrella organisation that brings together representatives from different religious and educational communities to support research into and support of high quality RE.
This is a one-stop provider of information about RE. It includes support for teaching and learning, as well as information about pedagogical approaches in RE and the history and legal status of RE.
This is the official website for Understanding Christianity, the new resource produced by the Church of England Education Office and RE Today.
This website, produced by the British Humanist Association, provides teaching and learning materials for use in RE lessons.
RE Today is the biggest provider of RE-related teaching and learning resources in the UK.
Visits and Visitors
Encountering religious believers and visiting places of worship is one way of helping pupils engage in exploring religions and beliefs in their lived diversity. If you would like advice about planning and organising such opportunities for your pupils, please get in touch with the Diocesan RE Adviser (firstname.lastname@example.org).
You can find some general guidance here. It might also be helpful to contact your local SACRE, who should be able to offer support.
Curriculum Design in Religious Education – #balancedRE
This animation sets out a balanced approach to curriculum design in RE.
The approach to RE curriculum design has been developed by four Diocesan RE advisers* for use in all schools and academies. This work has been developed in collaboration with teachers and subject experts over the last four years and has recently received support from the Church of England Education Office to facilitate its further development. The four advisers set out to try and achieve a balanced curriculum that enables pupils to hold balanced and well-informed conversations about religion and belief. This balanced approach will ensure that children and young people are able effectively develop their religious literacy. Implicit within this is the study of a range of religions, belief systems and worldviews.
The resources below will help teachers explore and implement this approach. If you have any questions about using these resources in school, about RE curriculum design or about the place of RE on a broad and balanced curriculum, please contact the Diocesan RE Adviser at email@example.com