This website is the main RE portal for professional resources of many kinds. It aims to support school-based teachers of religious education in every part of their professional lives. It focuses on high quality, broad-based RE, exploring religions and beliefs openly, rigorously, critically and effectively. It is managed and checked by subject specialists and is authoritative and accurate.
It has sections on:
- Learning (practical ideas, resources and inspiration)
- Leading (everything for the subject leader)
- Knowing (debates over the purpose of RE; methodologies, approaches and pedagogies; subject knowledge area)
- Assessing (a brief guide with ideas on the Why? What? And How? of making the assessment process manageable and effective)
- Supporting (opportunity to meet other RE teachers, specialist advisers and trainers, to ask questions and share interests and ideas).
Religious Education Council of England and Wales
The Religious Education Council of England and Wales (REC) is an umbrella body with 65 members who span a very wide range of professional RE associations and faith and belief organisations. It works to strengthen RE in schools, colleges and universities. It aims to provide a national voice for members of the RE community and seeks to develop a better public understanding of what RE is for and why it is important through its PR activities. It works with parliamentarians, principally through providing the secretariat for the All Party Parliamentary Group on RE, and with young people through its Young Ambassadors for RE scheme. Its website gives links to a wide range of projects and papers for teachers and others involved with RE in schools. Its list of members gives the contact details of its 65 member organisations, all of whom are actively interested or engaged in RE.
National Association of Teachers of RE
This is the website of the National Association of Teachers of RE (NATRE). It has a wealth of resources to help teachers including films illustrating good practice and answering colleagues' questions about why RE matters. There are banks of ideas for teaching RE using music, a range of projects including the Spirited Arts competition, and links to other helpful sites and materials. It also gives details of how teachers can contact others in their own area by joining a local group. Some of the site is open to NATRE members only.
The Association supports the community of academics in the United Kingdom researching and teaching at the interface of religion and education. It holds an annual conference, publishes the Journal of Beliefs and Values, and works on a number of projects which link Theology and RS in universities with RE in schools.
This website gives an overview of the different paths available for people to train as teachers of RE. It has up to date information relating to recent changes, FAQs about teaching RE, funding support and subject knowledge booster courses.
National Association of Standing Advisory Councils on RE
The website for the National Association of Standing Advisory Councils on RE (NASACRE) is an essential tool for all involved in supporting RE through a SACRE. Some of its content is available only to member SACREs. The RE Directory has a full list of SACREs in England and their contact details here.
Welsh Association of SACREs
WASACRE is the parallel organisation for SACREs in Wales. Contact details for all Welsh SACREs are available here.
AREIAC is the professional association for Religious Education inspectors, advisers and consultants. It provides support for its members through an annual conference, regular newsletters and regional group meetings. It has published guidance on inspection issues in RE and (with NASACRE) a guide to Agreed Syllabuses in England and Wales.
EFTRE is the European Forum for Teachers of RE. The Forum looks to support teachers and the teaching of Religious Education in the pan-European context, with useful information and resources.
Shap Working Party
The Shap Working Party on World Religions in Education was set up in 1969 to broaden the basis of education at all levels by encouraging the study and teaching of world religions. It seeks to achieve its aim by producing accurate information and resources for those involved with religious education and religious studies. Members come from a variety of religious backgrounds and represent experts from all fields of education, from primary schools to universities. Its publications are now widely regarded by schools, industry, politicians and social services as the authoritative texts about world religions
BBC Religion and Ethics
The BBC's Religion and Ethics website has up to date and impartial coverage of current news and stories related to issues of religion and belief. A valuable source of information on matters likely to elicit comment from young people in RE contexts.