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RE Council Newsletter August 2012 Print E-mail
Aug 02, 2012 at 01:43 PM


Clare – a sixth former from Birmingham - was a speaker at the launch, in June, of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Religious Education. In her speech, she listed five things she wouldn’t have known about, had it not been for RE lessons. They included the work of Amnesty International, the UK parliamentary voting system, and why some people don’t believe in God. Conversations with Clare after the business part of the meeting revealed that this list was, for her, just the tip of the iceberg. The submerged portion, it turns out, contained a further 20 topics, amongst them the causes of world poverty, UK laws on drugs, alcohol and tobacco, and what we can do to conserve the environment.

RE Council Communications Survey results Print E-mail
May 11, 2012 at 12:10 PM

In April, the RE Council conducted a survey to ascertain members' views on communication between the Council and its member organisations. The survey was sent to all the listed representatives of all the Council's member bodies and we received 30 responses, representing 23 organisations. These graphs give a broad picture of members' views of our current communications and of their ideas as to how we might improve and develop them. The survey results will be used to inform our strategy for communications in the coming months and years.

Please click here to download the survey results.

Minister for Schools speaks at REC AGM Print E-mail
May 10, 2012 at 02:38 PM

The REC was delighted that the Minister for Schools, Nick Gibb MP, took up its invitation to speak at our AGM on 3rd May. We hope that this fruitful dialogue will continue.

The text of his speech has been reproduced here.

RE materials removed from DfE website Print E-mail
Feb 06, 2012 at 10:24 AM

There has been considerable concern recently that support materials for RE which were formerly available on the QCDA website, alongside other national curriculum subjects, seemed to have disappeared without notice from the DfE website. The REC has been assured that there was no intention of undermining the status of RE when this was done but there was an acknowledgement that there should have been some notification before the change took place. The materials for both primary and secondary RE continue to be available in the National Archive at the following link (then click 'Subjects' and 'Religious education').

Visit the related National Archives webpage.

Letter to HMCI at Ofsted Print E-mail
Jan 23, 2012 at 12:33 PM

A letter has been sent to Sir Michael Wilshaw, newly appointed Chief Inspector (HMCI) at Ofsted, regarding the new Ofsted framework and our concerns about RE. The letter has gone jointly from the RE Council and NATRE.

Click here to download a copy of the letter.

Report on RE Community Weekend Print E-mail
Jan 20, 2012 at 11:51 AM

The full conference proceedings of the Wokefield Park RE Community Weekend on 1 - 2 October 2011 are now available.Click here to access the full report.


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August 31, 2012


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September 01, 2012

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