Learn, Teach, Lead is a project aiming to improve the quality of religious education in all schools in the South West (Cornwall, Devon, Torbay and Plymouth) through building communities of RE teachers across the region in hubs, engaging in research, disseminating best practice and creating partnerships with others.
NATRE (the National Association of Teachers of Religious Education) is the subject teacher association for RE professionals. It works to address the real concerns of primary and secondary RE teachers in all schools and institutions and at all stages of their career. It provides a representative voice at national level and publications and courses to promote professional development. It also supports more than 170 local network groups for primary and secondary teachers of RE.
RE:ONLINE aims to support school based teachers of RE in every part of their professional lives. All of its sections cover a wealth of material to support self study or use in school PD. It also includes a 'Banquet' area with many units of work on a wide range of primary and secondary RE topics, with links to visual and other resources.
The RE Quality Mark is a scheme which recognises high quality provision with a national award. This can be achieved by schools with outstanding RE that contributes to whole school outcomes. One group of criteria relates to PD and other sections identify areas where PD might help to promote high standards of teaching and learning.
The Teacher Development Trust is an independent charity, founded by teachers, dedicated to improving the educational outcomes of children by ensuring they experience the most effective learning. It works by raising awareness of the importance of professional development and building tools to help teachers to transform their practice and achieve success for all their pupils. The website includes PD listings, principles for good practice, 'Tripadvisor' style reviews of PD provision, relevant articles and case studies showing the impact high quality PD can have.
TeachRE provides information for people interested in training as RE teachers but also provides support for those already in the profession. It has helpful material on PD for serving teachers. There is also a dedicated section called 'Have to teach RE?' for those who may not have chosen to teach the subject but are nevertheless been timetabled to do so; this gives ideas on how to build on their existing expertise.