Over the last year, the RE Council has:
- Provided the secretariat for the independent Commission on Religious Education. The Commission has a remit to make wide-ranging recommendations to overhaul religious education in schools. It has been asked to review the legal, education and policy frameworks for religious education in all primary schools, secondary schools and further education colleges in England. Some of the commissioners attended the REC’s AGM at Neasden Temple in May 2017 and listened to the views of REC members.
- Attended Commission meetings and evidence gathering sessions at venues across the country.
- Continued to promote the Beyond the Ordinary campaign to encourage people to train to become RE teachers.
- Represented RE with NATRE and RE Today on stands at the Labour and Conservative party conferences. We spoke with approximately 15 parliamentarians at the Labour conference and 30 parliamentarians at the Conservative conference about the importance of good religious education, and why it matters today in modern Britain. We also discussed the recently published interim report from the Commission on RE and its ongoing work, as well as the RE Council, NATRE, and RE Today joint State of the Nation report on RE provision at secondary schools across England.
- Celebrated the work of the RE Quality Mark, holding a successful conference for teachers from REQM schools at Canterbury Christchurch University, where they shared best practice and heard from schools who have taken part in classroom based research on the impact of RE on wider school development. The RE Quality Mark was awarded to 92 schools in 2016-2017.
- Maintained regular discussions with the Department for Education on a range of issues relating to religious education.
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