Ensuring the provision of high-quality education is a major priority of the Board of Education. Through its RE & Christian Ethos Adviser, Ryan Parker, the Board supports work across all church schools in the Diocese and community schools in Bedfordshire, providing advice, training, conferences and networking opportunities for RE specialists.
Curriculum Design in Religious Education – #balancedRE
The approach to RE curriculum design has been developed by four Diocesan RE advisers* for use in all schools and academies. This work has been developed in collaboration with teachers and subject experts over the last four years and has recently received support from the Church of England Education Office to facilitate its further development. The four advisers set out to try and achieve a balanced curriculum that enables pupils to hold balanced and well-informed conversations about religion and belief. This balanced approach will ensure that children and young people are able effectively develop their religious literacy. Implicit within this is the study of a range of religions, belief systems and worldviews.
A suite of resources to accompany this approach is currently being trialled by teachers and advisers who received training on the approach in November. This will be uploaded to this website in due course.
*Jane Chipperton (formerly Diocese of St Albans), Gillian Georgiou (Diocese of Lincoln), Olivia Seymour (Diocese of York) and Kathryn Wright (Diocese of Norwich)
RE Society of Bedfordshire
For information about visitors and places of worship in Luton, please visit: http://grassrootsluton.org.uk/contact-us/
To support RE in Bedfordshire, please see the Bedford Faith Directory (listing faith and spiritual centres, sacred spaces and faith communities in and around Bedford)
REsiliance (England) is a school-based self evaluation, planning and training opportunity for teachers of RE.
National briefings and reviews
RE Council of England & Wales:
Leaflet from the RE Council on the benefits of studying RE
Commission on Religious Education
House of Commons Briefing Paper (2016): Religious Education in schools (England).
Assessment without Levels in RE project, click here.
RE Quality Mark (REQM)
REQM is a nationally recognised scheme that supports schools in evaluating their practice in RE. Grants are awarded to schools in Bedfordshire to support preparation for assessment. Further information can be found here: http://www.reqm.org/achieving-the-award/how-to-apply. This is an open website, so schools can use the evaluation tool to improve RE without applying for an award in the first instance.