Religious Education (RE)

Whilst most pupils are learning from home due to Covid 19 here are some wonderful resources for RE generously shared by NATRE.

Barnabas in Schools are producing an expanding range of resources to support RE in the home in addition to the existing material. Website – book page

From Culham St Gabriel’s Trust: Teach: RE Courses: New Opportunities! We are offering those planning on undertaking Initial Teacher training from Autumn 2020, beginner teachers and all serving teachers two special opportunities until the end of August 2020: We have launched a FREE self-study module Religion and Worldviews: Developing subject knowledge for teaching. More information is available here.  We are aware teachers may want to undertake just one module of the Teach: RE Tailormade or 60 Hour course rather than undertaking the whole course. We are therefore opening up the course so you can pick just one module of your choice, be tutored through the module and have your work assessed. The cost for this is just £50. Please register for this here. In addition, our FREE primary introduction course remains available and is particularly suitable for primary beginner teachers, NQTs, HLTAs. More information available here. If you have any questions or would like to have a conversation please contact

You could join the wonderful Lat Blaylock for a webinar on the new REtoday resource Picturing Islam. Go to

The Agreed Syllabus for Derbyshire and Derby City 2020-2025 schools is to be used in all Voluntary Controlled schools. In Voluntary Aided schools it is the responsibility of the governing body to decide on the syllabus for RE. However, the Board of Education recommends that VA schools also follow the Agreed Syllabus. REtoday have kindly shared the additional resource Building Progression through your RE Agreed Syllabus to support good planning.

It is also the expectation that Church schools will adhere to the Church of England Statement of Entitlement for Religious Education.

 RE Coordinator’s Training

Each academic year there usually are two RE coordinator’s training sessions. The ones planned for May 2020 will not be happening due to Covid 19.

RE Coordinator’s Folder

This link will take you to documents which you might find helpful in compiling a subject leader’s folder. These are only exemplars or pro-formas and are offered as a way of support.

Useful Information for RE Coordinators

The Open Centre in Derby can help you arrange a visit to one or more places of worship. They also run a variety of workshops which will support teaching and learning in RE.

Derby Cathedral offer a wide range of educational visits which make for an excellent whole or half day and will enrich your RE curriculum.

REonline is a comprehensive website aimed at teachers and leaders of RE. As well as providing excellent material for professional development, it also acts as a portal to other websites which it deems to be of sufficient good quality.

NATRE (the National Association of Teachers of Religious Education) is the subject teacher association for RE professionals. It works to support those who teach and lead RE. It runs projects, provides teaching material and lobbies on behalf of the subject. In Autumn 2018 NATRE produced a very useful piece of Guidance: dealing with withdrawal from RE.

REQM (RE Quality Mark) is an award which recognises outstanding learning in RE. Several of our schools have achieved awards and have really felt the benefit of having to concentrate their efforts in doing so. Most recently these include Stretton Handley VC Primary and Dinting VA Primary who received a Gold award and St Oswald’s VC Infant who were awarded a silver.

RE and Continuing Professional Development Handbook is a very useful website designed for subject for subject leaders and teachers of RE. It covers nine areas: a short history of RE; religious traditions and beliefs; the RE curriculum; approaches to teaching, learning and assessment in RE; leading and managing, resourcing and planning RE; national policy organisations for RE; researching RE; RE and religious studies and theology; schools of a religious character.

Farmington Scholarships for teachers of RE and headteachers. Each year there are scholarships available for anyone interested in out of school study in an area of their choice but connected to RE and spiritual development.