Five ideas for RE in schools

YouGov poll for Oxford University has found widespread support for the teaching of Christianity as part of religious education. But our Education specialist Ann Holt, who is a former government adviser and teacher, says there needs to be clearer guidance on the importance of teaching Christianity in schools and good classroom resources to help teachers. Ann Holt explains

So if you're looking for inspiration, we hope these help:

  • 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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