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REC Newsletter November 2012

Events like the Three Faiths Forum (3FF) Awards for Schools and Leaders demonstrate how much good work is going on to promote understanding between children from different religious and cultural backgrounds. Aliya Azam, who is a member of the REC board, accepted the award for Best School won by Al Sadiq and Al Zahra schools.  She said, “Through the inspiring initiative of 3FF the children get to know each other as human beings…We must not succumb to the dichotomy of ‘us’ and ‘them’; we must try and transcend our differences and affirm our common humanity”. Good RE has a vital role to play in helping us resist “the dichotomy of us and them” by ensuring that children learn about the religious beliefs and practices of those with whom they share their communities.

Michael Gove would appear to agree: he asserted in a message commending Inter Faith week later this month, that “educating children about different faiths is of immense importance” (see item below);  and Nick Clegg wrote about about the importance of education following his visit to Auschwitz with the Holocaust Educational Trust. Combined with the conclusion of the DfE survey on the impact of the EBacc that many teachers  “regard RE as an academically rigorous subject that is useful in its own right”, it would seem that the Government is producing its own evidence of the value of religious education – but we should probably not take our collective foot off the gas just yet…



An Exciting Opportunity for an RE Teacher


The REC is looking to recruit a teacher associate to work with the professional consultant to the APPG. This is a rare and exciting opportunity for a teacher to gain experience in working on an important project at national level. The All Party Parliamentary Group on RE (APPG) is holding an inquiry into the supply of and support for teachers of RE.

The post is for 20 days between mid-November and March 2013 and is remunerated at supply cover rates (£200 per day).

Please click here for more details about the post.

The deadline is Friday 16 November at midday.


Letter to Michael Gove: Inter faith week

Dear Mr Gove

Congratulations on your comment on the importance of the extended Inter faith week this year.  We were delighted to hear you write ‘Educating children about different faiths is of immense importance in leading children to understand the history that has helped shape the values and traditions of this country, and of other countries and cultures”. 
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Letter to Nick Clegg

Dear Mr Clegg, 

We were delighted to hear of your remarks about the importance of education following your visit to Auschwitz with the Holocaust Educational Trust. We agree, “Indifference and forgetfulness make hate, prejudice and genocide possible”.
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RE Review Newsletter: First Edition


Welcome to the first edition of the RE Review Newsletter.

This e-publication to be distributed quarterly during the course of the RE Subject Review, is intended to share the most up-to date information on the project. Read a report by RE Review project manager Janet Orchard and find out how the Review is progressing, as well as the names, roles and responsibilities of all those people who are already involved. Find out how you can participate directly in the consultation process and do your bit for the future of religious education in our schools. 

See the full Autumn Newsletter here.  


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