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CHALLENGES: THE NATIONAL SCENARIO IN PRIMARY RE. Shaping the Future of Primary RE John Keast, Chair of RE Council 30 November 2013. Outline. Preamble – W hat is the RE Council? What is happening in RE? RE in primary schools: Challenges Conclusion . Preamble: What is the RE Council?.

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challenges the national scenario in primary re

CHALLENGES: THE NATIONAL SCENARIO IN PRIMARY RE

Shaping the Future of Primary RE

John Keast, Chair of RE Council

30 November 2013

outline
Outline
  • Preamble – What is the RE Council?
  • What is happening in RE?
  • RE in primary schools: Challenges
  • Conclusion
preamble what is the re council
Preamble: What is the RE Council?
  • Umbrella body for all RE community
  • 65 organisations in membership
    • Faith communities
    • Professional and academic organisations (including NATRE, ISRSA)
    • Voluntary groups
  • National united voice of RE working with and through its member organisations
  • Advocacy, liaison, policy and development
current context of re
Current context of RE
  • Improvement 1995-2009
    • National Supportwith curriculum development, exemplification, qualifications, training parallel to the National Curriculum
    • Local Support, ie SACREs, LAs, local groups through NATRE
  • Changes since 2010
    • RE not required by statute in academies/FS: funding agreements only
    • Academies not required to teach RE according to LAS
    • Abolition of QC(D)A: no national support (2011)
    • Removal of all national exemplars and Programmes of Study (2011)
    • Exclusion of RS from EBacc (2011) and DfE review of the school curriculum
    • Discounting of GCSE short course in school performance
    • Decline in GCSE entries 2013
    • Reform and future of RS GCSEs unclear
    • Reduced targets and removal of bursaries for RE PGCE places – decline
    • No responses to APPG, Ofsted and REC reports
    • Most secondary schools now outside the remit of SACREs
    • Diminishing or no budgets for SACREs with loss of RE adviser posts
    • Some SACREs failing to meet and/or carry out duties
    • Virtual disappearance of local CPD
what is happening to re
What is happening to RE?
  • Dismantling national & undermining local support/structures
  • Consequences
    • Marginalisation, decline in status, provision and quality (other subs too)
    • Decline in qualifications with knock on effect to HE/Training
    • Fewer trained teachers, and little or no opportunity for CPD
    • Fragmentation of RE curriculum development and support
  • Evidence: Ofsted Report on RE: Realising its potential, 2013
  • Michael Gove “I have not done enough” for RE, Lambeth Palace Conference, 3 July 2013
  • RE Review
re in primary schools challenges
RE in Primary schools – Challenges
  • For schools
  • For supporters and for the sector
  • For societySome apply to all schools and other subjects
primary re challenges for schools
Primary RE – challenges for schools
  • Appreciation of what is being done with so little training, support and status
  • Ofsted
    • Who teaches RE
    • Problem of confidence
    • Deficit in subject knowledge
    • Lack of adequate training in ITE
    • Access to CPD and/or other forms of support
    • Role of subject leader
  • All worse because of pressure of accountability and SATS
primary re challenges for supporters
Primary RE – Challenges for supporters
  • SACREs
    • role
      • Syllabus making less prominent in future (See RE Review)
      • Monitoring (see RE Review)
      • forum
    • Effectiveness
      • Capacity
      • size
      • cooperation
  • Advisers/consultants, Trainers
    • Adjustments to new structures/ways of working (See RE Review)
    • Local groups
    • Hubs (See RE Review)
primary re challenges for society
Primary RE – Challenges for society
  • Religious literacy: vocabulary, stories, institutions
  • Intercultural education and navigation
  • Community and parental links
  • SMSC
how the rec is responding
How the REC is responding

RE community taking responsibility for RE in a new educational world with new working relationship with DfE

  • PR: RE APPG
    • RE: The Truth Unmasked March 2013
    • Contribution of RE to community relations (2014)
  • RE Review (parallel to NC) launched last month
      • New national Curriculum Framework for RE (NSFRE)
        • Restated aims, core curriculum, assessment, guidance
      • Six other recommendations
    • RE Expert Subject Advisory Group
    • Implementation parallel to NC implementation
  • Qualifications reform- REC role
  • RE Quality Mark
  • Young ambassadors for RE
  • Links with trusts, heads and governors being made
primary re conclusion
Primary RE – Conclusion
  • New educational era
  • Many challenges
  • Primary teachers adaptable and resilient
  • RE community organising itself
  • RE is on the up?
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