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.
The School Based Partners were joined by both Undergraduate and Postgraduate RE students who were keen to hear what Alan had to say. Alan outlined some of the findings of the report including many of the features of poor RE lessons that he has been able to observe. He dealt with some of the political issues which have not helped the case of RE, but was able to see many positives from the response of the RE community. He talked enthusiastically about an enquiry based approach to learning in RE and laid to rest suggestions that there is a magic formula for an Ofsted-approved lesson. Any lesson where pupils make outstanding progress is an outstanding lesson!
There were plenty questions at the end, many of them around how we a re going to judge progress (in RE and other subjects) if there are no longer nationally prescribed levels.