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REC Newsletter November 2012
Nov 01, 2012 at 03:05 PM

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
Oct 30, 2012 at 03:47 PM


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
Oct 23, 2012 at 11:24 AM

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
Oct 23, 2012 at 11:18 AM

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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REC comments on figures released by the Department for Education for take up of EBacc
Oct 22, 2012 at 01:45 PM

Commenting on a the Department’s  MORI survey of 618 state-maintained secondary schools to assess the effects of the EBacc, John Keast, chair of the RE Council said:

Qualifications Reform
Oct 15, 2012 at 03:51 PM

This paper tries to bring together what is happening in qualifications reform  in England,  and to tease out the implications for  Religious Education (RE) and for  Religious Studies (RS). Whilst the paper has had the benefit of input from members of the Curriculum, Assessment and Qualifications Committee of the RE Council, the paper has not yet been discussed by the Committee or the Board. Its status, therefore, is that of a personal perspective from the Chair, and does not represent a considered RE Council position.

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RE Calendar
Remembrance Sunday
November 11, 2012

Sikh: Diwali
November 13, 2012

Hindu: Diwali
November 13, 2012

Jain: Diwali
November 13, 2012

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