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REC Newsletter February 2013

No-one with a serious interest in RE can ignore the fact that there exist very real threats to the future of the subject. If there can be a positive side to this, perhaps it is that it has given us the opportunity to find out just how many people from different sections of the community are prepared to stand up for RE and its vital place in our schools and colleges. In addition to the 64 diverse organisations that make up the membership of the RE Council, we have seen an increasing number of parliamentarians, academics and, crucially, young people willing to take a stand and talk about the reasons RE is so important. Tapping into this fount of enthusiasm and determination is part of what the REC is all about; initiatives such as the RethinkRE campaign (see news item below) can really help us build on this groundswell of support, asking people to take simple but effective actions to keep RE on the public agenda.


RE Subject Review Phase One Report

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the consultation process in Phase One of the RE Subject Review.

Bill Gent, Chair of the Expert Panel for Phase One, has now completed the final version of the Phase One report, and this is available to download here

APPG Second Oral Evidence Session

On Wednesday 16th January, the APPG Inquiry into the supply of and support for teachers of RE held its second Oral Evidence Session. The full transcript of the session can be downloaded here

The Speakers were as follows:

The Revd Janina Ainsworth (Chief Education Officer, Church of England)
Father Tim Gardner OP (RE Adviser, Catholic Education Service)
Joy Schmack (Chair, Association of RE Inspectors, Advisers and Consultants)
Linda Whitworth (Senior Lecturer in RE, Middlesex University
Professor John Howson (Managing Director, dataforeducation.info)
Alan Brine HMI (National Adviser for RE, Ofsted)
Yousif al-Khoei (Director of Public Affairs, Al-Khoei Foundation
Guy Hordern MBE (Chair, Birmingham Standing Advisory Council for RE)

To download the powerpoint presentations of each speaker, click on their names above.  


ReThink RE

The RE Council has just launched a new campaign website, ReThink RE. 

RE in our schools is under threat and action is needed to protect it. Our aim is simple. We want to see every young person in every school given access to good quality RE. And we are ruging those responsible to rethink their approach to RE.

You can read more about the campaign, and sign up to support it at www.rethinkre.org

REC Young Ambassadors Programme

The REC which champions RE at all levels - from students and teachers, to politicians and policy makers, is launching a new Young Ambassadors for RE scheme. 

The scheme will give students aged 11 - 18 opportunities to:

  • share their enthusiasm and interest for RE and gain leadership experience
  • give their perspective to adults who work to support RE at the highest levels, such as the RE Council and MPs in parliament
  • develop skills in communicating successfully to a wide range of audiences
  • build up relevant experience for college, UCAS or job applications
  • meet and debate with other young people about why RE matters 
For more information on the scheme, you can download the Information for Students or Information for Teachers leaflets.

Download the application form here.

The closing date is 15th March 2013. E-mail your applications to: .


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