The REC is responding to a shortage of qualified RE teachers in schools and a need for greater incentives to attract new recruits.
One of the Religious Education Council’s main audiences are educators looking for teaching and learning resources on religious education. Here we have compiled a list of resources that may be useful.
The Beyond the Ordinary RE teacher recruitment campaign to attract more trainees to take up secondary Religious Education PGCEs first launched in 2015 in response to declining numbers of RE teacher trainees. The campaign was a huge success, leading to recruitment for RE outperforming all other PGCE subjects. In fact, in 2016 applications rebounded to … Read more
The RE PD portal is managed by the REC and is a one-stop shop for teachers of RE to find out about RE CPD opportunities of all kinds. The portal includes a database of courses across the UK and online, allowing users to select their region and focus so that the results will be filtered and relevant. If … Read more
New analysis of the Government’s School Workforce Census reveals that more than one in four (28%) state secondary schools are struggling to meet their legal obligation to teach pupils about major religions and systems of belief, depriving teenagers of vital knowledge about different faiths and beliefs in community, public and world affairs. All state-funded schools, including … Read more
Falling numbers of Religious Studies GCSE entries suggests schools are struggling to meet their legal obligations. The number of pupils in England and Wales taking GCSE Religious Studies full course has fallen for the first time in more than a decade, down 4.6% against 2016 to 269,839. In addition, the number of pupils in England … Read more