LTLRE/NATRE North Devon Hub

Winter 2014

Hub meeting report

We had a great meeting at Ilfracombe Junior School (thanks for hosting, Deb Spelman!) on the 25th November.

The meeting focus was a resources share. While there are lots creative revision resources and ideas we turned our attention to learning new specific information. This essential aspect of teaching can be quite dry at times. During our hub meeting we all had a go at an activity that appealed to kinaesthetic, auditory and visual learners as well those who love to read, write and discuss. Nobody went away empty handed. See below for more details

Next year we have some great speakers coming to lead sessions in, among other things, developing different approaches to RE with children and understanding assessment after levels. Find out more about who we are on LTLRE.org

GCSE and A Level reform

The draft subject content in GCSE and A level RS examinations for first teaching from 2016 have now been published by government for consultation. The link is below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/gcse-and-a-level-reform-religious-studies

RE Professional Development Portal

The RE Council have set up a portal designed to keep you up to date with CPD opportunities. DO have a look. http://www.theredirectory.org.uk/thedirectory/pdportal

There is a massive amount of training available so don't miss out!

Art and faith

Strictly NATRE

There is still time to apply for the NATRE conference in London on Saturday 31st January. There are some excellent speakers, including Lat Blaylock and Trevor Cooling. Read more online at: http://www.natre.org.uk/courses-events/strictly-re-the-1st-natre-national-conference/

Five Pillars of Islam- idea for Display

Want a change from recording the five pillars in columns?? Here's an idea that might work for you. Get the children to work in small groups on a specific pillar. They can record their learning on hexagons (including quotes from Muslim young people from RE Today's Opening Up Islam), pictures and Arabic. The hexagons look great tesselated together, and the geometric shapes are reminiscent of those found in a Mosque.

Farmington Fellowships

Now open for applications for 2015-2016

Who is eligible?

The Fellowships are for teachers of Religious Education in UK secondary schools and primary school RE Co-ordinators or other primary school teachers involved in teaching RE, and teachers of children with Special Educational Needs who are involved with RE. Headteachers who wish to undertake research into either Religious Education or Values Education are also eligible to apply. Applicants should have had at least two years in their present post.


How much will it cost?

The Fellowship will cover the cost of tuition, board and lodging where appropriate, essential local travel and, by negotiation with the school, the salary of a replacement teacher up to point 6 of the main pay scale.


What subjects may be studied?

Fellows are free to study any aspect of Religious Education they wish but preference will be given to applicants whose work can be seen to be of direct value to the teaching of RE in schools. Occasionally the Institute, in conjunction with one of its partner universities or colleges, may advertise for an RE teacher to undertake research on a specific topic which is relevant to RE.


The closing date for applications for the academic year 2015/2016 is 26 January 2015.

NATRE Spirited Arts

Winners of the 2014 competition have been announced! Take a look at http://www.natre.org.uk/about-natre/projects/spirited-arts/art-in-heaven/2014/

and get inspired for next year!