Around 20 Secondary RE teachers were able to attend the recent RE Subject Network Meeting at Edge Hill. We are fortunate to welcome Alan Brine, HMI for RE, who talked us through the findings of the latest Ofsted Report into RE RE: Realising The Potential. This is a key report for RE and comes at a very important time for the subject.
Year 1 students recently visited a very unusual school to stimulate their thoughts about the purpose of education. The Maharishi Free School in Skelmersdale was formerly an independent school before transferring into the state sector to become a free school.
The school has a very distinctive educational philosophy – developed out of the teachings of the Maharishi Yogi – and centered upon the childrens’ fulfillment. The headteacher, Derek Cassells spoke about how their educational philosophy enabled children to achieve balance in their lives, which allowed them to then go on and be successful.
Two members of the production team from BBC Religion and Ethics, Nick Holden Sim and Charlotte Hindle, recently came and spoke to Undergraduate Secondary RE students at Edge Hill.
The BBC is making a series of 10 minute films for the Learning Zone for use in KS4 RE classes. The films will follow a group of six modern day pilgrims as they explore the 5 common RE themes of revelation, evil and suffering, life after death, marriage and divorce and human sexuality/sexual relationships through three perspectives – Christianity, Islam and non religious world views. This enables us to look in depth at the issues in a way that is most relevant to the syllabus and exam criteria.
The six students who will go on a voyage of enquiry on behalf of the audience. The group will be made up of two Christians two Muslims and two non believers who will witness a series of religious events, question the participants, and afterwards discuss the diversity of opinions held with in the group. Charlotte and Nic discussed the themes and talked to the students about the work of BBC Religion and Ethics generally. It might be that some of our students end up taking part in the films.