• Hello from Helen

    Hello from Helen

    The new National Curriculum is to be implemented in Local Authority schools from September 2014.  In order to prepare our students for this, Edge Hill recently held a Curriculum 2014 day conference.  Of course RE is not part of the new (or old) National Curriculum, but it locally determined.  However the RE Council has produced…

  • Sufism: more than shariat

    Sufism: more than shariat

    As part of their Islam module, Year 1 and Year 3 undergraduates were visited by former student Kulsum Issa and Yunus Chasma in order to educate us about the spiritual movement of Sufism. Yunus explained the beliefs that Sufis have and the origins of the movement.  In many ways Sufism is like Islam taken to…

  • BA(Hons) Secondary Religious Education with QTS

    This 30 second video gives you a flavour of what the 3 year Secondary Religious Education with QTS degree is like.  

  • Primary students on The Farm

    Primary students on The Farm

    Part time primary trainees have recently been thinking about what education is for.  They made this video as part of their work.  Maggie said, “I love it and made me realise that they will never be sheep” http://youtu.be/SJ1oN28GSak

  • Two days on ‘The Island’

    Two days on ‘The Island’

    Sue Phillips once again visited Edge Hill to show us how to teach RE using the ‘Theatre of Learning’ pedagogy which she has developed.  This year Sue was able to send two days with us, spending a day with PGCE students and a day with final year Undergraduates. Both days followed a similar format, beginning…

  • Spiritual Development

    Spiritual Development

    Developing pupils’ spiritual literacy is key to outstanding RE teaching. “The school’s thoughtful and wide-ranging promotion of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and their physical wellbeing enables them to thrive in a supportive, highly cohesive learning community.” Ofsted: Descriptor of outstanding overall effectiveness (January 2014) Year 2 Undergraduate students spent a morning with…

  • Using Technology in RE

    Using Technology in RE

    Nationally recognised as the leading figure in using Technology to enhance the teaching of RE, Paul Hopkins has again been to Edge Hill to show our final Year Undergraduate and Postgraduate students some exciting ways of integrating technology in their teaching. I thought it was very good.  Some great ideas to use in the classroom.…

  • What is a Religiously educated person?

    What is a Religiously educated person?

    Primary RE trainees were asked to consider what characteristics a person who is ‘religiously educated’ would have. Would they be spiritual, practising a religion, respectful of others, have intra-personal intelligence or something else? Trainees worked in groups to create a visual metaphor out of plasticine and presented their ideas to the class.  This type of…

  • “The Trainee teachers were wonderful to work with”- Stretford High pupils teach the teachers

    “The Trainee teachers were wonderful to work with”- Stretford High pupils teach the teachers

    School based partnerships are at the core of what we do in the RE ITT team and we are always looking for ways to develop and enrich trainee experience. As a national priority behaviour for learning is right at the fore of the DfE’s agenda for ITT, but as everyone who has been a trainee…

  • Year 2 Visit the National Holocaust Centre

    Year 2 Visit the National Holocaust Centre

    Just prior to the Christmas Holidays, the Second Year, RE undergraduates visited the National Holocaust Centre near Newark on Trent in Nottinghamshire. This was a first visit for Edge Hill University but proved to be well worth the journey.  Our visit began with an introductory talk and a  tour of the ground floor which was…