Five ideas for RE in schools

At Bible Society we want to help RE teachers who are looking for ideas to use in school.

A key finding in a Bible Society report which has gone before the All Party Parliamentary Group on Religious Education, says RE teachers need ‘training in biblical literacy’ if they’re to do their jobs effectively.  

‘Pupils consider the Bible to be important, relevant and worthy of respect,’ said Bible Society’s Canon Dr Ann Holt, a former government education adviser and teacher, ‘whereas teachers expect students to describe the Bible as boring, old-fashioned and irrelevant. She added, ‘the most pressing needs of teachers of RE in both the primary and secondary sectors if for further training in biblical literacy.’

Hear more from Ann speaking on Premier Radio

Bible Society was among several organisations that contributed to a consultation on the subject last month. The All Party Group was set up in 2012 to safeguard the teaching of religious education in Britain’s schools. Stephen Lloyd MP, the group’s chairman said that he was determined to support RE in whatever way he could.

At Bible Society we want to do this too and so when RE teaching was in the news at the end of last year we came up with five ideas to help RE teachers. If you're a teacher looking for inspiration, here’s a reminder:

  • Bibleworld - Run by the Scottish Bible Society, Bibleworld is an interactive trailer classroom that visits schools, communities and churches in Scotland and Northern England. Linked strongly to the Curriculum for Excellence framework, the Bibleworld programme is suitable for school and community groups alike. 
  • Empty Hanger - Run by Bible Society in England and Wales, this is an interactive presentation developed at the London College of Fashion designed to get children thinking about design, fashion and faith using characters from the Bible.
  • Open The Book - Open the Book volunteers from local churches tell Bible stories to children in schools - through assemblies or as part of RE.  Open the Book is a free service provided for schools and is not intended to be used by school professionals as a resource book for assemblies.
  • Crossref-it - Bible Society has invested in a one-stop resource providing high quality, easy-to-use resources for AS and A-Level students. It’s proving hugely popular with 368,000 online visits recorded in the last six months. 
  • Three Faiths Forum - 3FF are working to build understanding and lasting relationships between people of all faiths and beliefs. 

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