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Islam and Spirituality at the Network Meeting

Almost a dozen Mentors, Lecturers and consultants were able to attend the RE Subject Network’s recent twilight session held at Byrchall High School.

We were privileged to have the input of Emma Mcvittie who explained how her ME! resource was helping pupils develop spiritual literacy in both primary and secondary settings nationwide.  This was followed by a general discussion of good practice from around the partnership led by Gill Robinson of Rose Bridge High School.

Waqaus Ali spoke to us about the work of ThinkBrite Services who can lead Inset for staff, provide visitors to schools or create a tailored day visiting a local Mosque.  Edge Hill Students have benefited from Waqaus’ expertise for many years.

Gill concluded the evening with some national updates, around many issues including the RE Council’s consultation report on the proposed New National RE Framework.  It was a while before people left, though, as people spent time with our visitors exploring the possibility of doing further work together.

The date of the next twilight is provisionally set for  28th February at Rose Bridge High School.

Behaviour for learning at Stretford High School

PGCE trainees enjoyed high quality behaviour management training courtesy of our colleagues at Stretford High school. As always, we received a very warm welcome from our Stretford colleagues, including Faisal Ahmed and Mez Munshi, recent highly successful PGCE alumni. Stretford’s lead behaviour and attendance professional, Leila, took us through Stretford’s highly successful behaviour policy which underlined just how effective a systematic whole school approach is. Consistency, good use of praise and rewards and careful, proactive monitoring of attendance all emerged as the key ingredients to ensuring behavior for learning. We also gained valuable insights into the use of the school’s staged consequences and restorative justice.

The stars of the session were the three year 11 pupils who joined us to give their perspective on class management. The pupils told us that they valued a fair and consistent approach. We learnt that they knew when a teacher was making the effort with them and shouting wasn’t effective, quite the opposite and likely to back-fire! It was interesting to hear that the pupils expected teachers not to hold grudges- all wise advice from the people who count the most, the learners.

We finished with some helpful advice from Faisal, who is leading on aspects of the school’s pastoral review, developing the role of the form captain. Once again we came away from Stretford High inspired with the knowledge that good systems work and have impact on pupil achievement.

Network Meeting Invitation!

Following on from the success of our Subject Network Launch last summer, we are holding our first school based RE network meeting on Wednesday 14th November at 4.15 pm at Byrchall High School, Wigan. Many thanks to Mark Scott, Head of RE at Byrchall High, who has kindly obtained use of the school’s CPD centre for us.

The Edge Hill RE Subject Network is open to all secondary RE teachers, whether they be Mentors from the partnership, former students or local RE teachers who may want to join us.  The aim  is to create a friendly, informal and supportive network for professional up-dating and exchange of good practice.  A schedule is attached.

We look forward to seeing you. Please let either Francis or Paul know by e-mail if you intend to join us.

No Rest for the Weekend!

It was a busy weekend for over 200 RE teachers, including a number of Edge Hill mentors  and former students Paul Jones, Ben Davies, Nichola Rodden and Kerril Casey.  They gathered for a weekend of inspiring workshops and seminars led by some of the country’s leading figures in RE, including our own Paul Smalley, and friends of the department such as Lat Blaylock, Alan Brine, Helen Harrison and Emma McVittie.  The event was the 11th RE Teacher Weekend organised by the newly merged Culham St. Gabriel’s Trust.

The Weekend focussed on five themes:

  • Assessment and Pupil Progress: access and respond to the latest thinking on robust, humane and authentic assessment for learning.
  • Classroom and Community: world class ideas for stimulating RE in, through, and beyond the four walls.
  • Attitudes, Values, and Impact: prepare to make the case for RE providing key evidence for the new Ofsted framework.
  • School Improvement: RE has the potential to be a key driver for school improvement with the focus on higher order thinking, speaking and listening, and the wider achievement indicators for learners.
  • Innovative Curriculum: How can we push the boundaries? What are learners saying? What can we learn from other curriculum areas? What would a first class curriculum look and feel like?

Delegates were given the opportunity to attend four of the seminars and a ‘National Updates’ session, as well as having some fine food and wine on the Saturday night.  Paul’s seminars were on ‘Risky, Edgy RE’ and ‘Concept Led Lessons’ and he also presented a joint session with Emma McVittie on ‘Cross-curricular Visualisations’ which you can see below.

Subject Network Launched

The Edge Hill RE Subject Network got off to a flying start as over 20 Mentors, Lecturers and Advisers gathered from around the Partnership.

In the morning session Sue Phillips introduced attendees to the Theatre of Learning, which the Undergraduate and Postgraduate students had enjoyed and valued earlier in the year.

After a bufffet lunch there was an opportunity for colleagues from Rose Bridge, Wigan and Witton Park, Blackburn to share good practice from their Farmington Fellowship Projects.

Over the next Academic year, the network plan to meet three times:

  • 7th November 2012 Twilight 4-6pm Byrchall High School – focus on SMSC and Literacy & RE.
  • 28th February 2013 Twilight 4-6 Venue TBA  – focus on Assessing Progress in RE
  • 4th July 2013 All Day Main Summer Network Meeting

The Network is open to all RE teachers, so book the dates in your diary and further details will follow.

Invitation to join the Edge Hill Religious Education Subject Network

RE teachers and former students from around the partnership are invited to attend the launch of the Edge Hill University Religious Education Subject Network on 5th July 2012.

For further details of this event see the atached Flyer

 

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