The RE Teacher's Survival Guide

A practical guide to teaching RE in primary schools

Jane Brooke

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What do I teach in RE? How do I teach in RE?

Whether you are a new RE teacher or a subject leader, whether you are looking to develop skills in guiding a classroom discussion where there are differing views, or need help responding to difficult questions, The RE Teacher's Survival Guide builds competence and confidence, and will help you to teach quality RE and try out new ideas to excite and challenge your pupils.

  • Offers teaching strategies, reassurance and practical scenarios.
  • Addresses 'hot potato' questions and signposts helpful resources.
  • Easy-to-read and accessible.

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Author info

Jane Brooke has taught RE for over 20 years and taught pupils aged 3 to 18 years. She worked for CEM (now RE Today Services) for five years and in local authorities for over ten years as RE Adviser, senior Curriculum Adviser and Principal Secondary Improvement Adviser. She trained as an Ofsted inspector (RE, Maths, PSHCE) and SIAS inspector and still carries out Church School Inspections. Jane was chair of NASACRE for two years and the English representative on EFTRE (European Forum for Teachers of Religious Education) for nine years. She was RE Project Development Officer for three years for the National Society. She has led RE INSET nationally and internationally and is currently an independent consultant working for schools and Local Authorities as a School Improvement Partner, and for Chester Diocese, where she is a Canon, as Principal Consultant. She is a project manager for the RE Quality Mark and a sub-editor for RE Today.

Reviews

Review from RE Today Spring 2015

This easy read consists of 14 short chapters covering the basics for the non-specialist primary teacher: learning and teaching, planning, assessment and resources, including artefacts and visits/visitors. There is also a brief guide for the subject leader and generic material on enquiry-based learning and on philosophy for children.

Examples are given of how to develop purposeful RE learning outcomes. Strategies are provided to engage children creatively with the theological concepts in Bible stories, along with examples of how to respond to difficult questions. It is a valuable source of ideas for primary teachers, and might also be helpful for Sunday School teachers. As a short book, it tends towards a 'tips for teachers' approach, focusing on the 'what' rather than the 'why'. Published by the Bible Reading Fellowship, the focus is on Christianity, in particular Bible stories. With few examples from other religious traditions, teachers without a theological or religious education background may find it difficult to apply the principles inherent in the examples to other religious texts and contexts.

This is an accessible book which contains a number of creative approaches to learning and teaching in the primary curriculum, worked out in an RE context. It is more a taster than a complete meal.

Louise Redshaw, Associate Dean in the Faculty of Education and Theology, York St John University


From the Church Times

The RE Teacher's Survival Guide: A practical guide to teaching RE in primary schools, by Jane Brooke, provides a wealth of material for a teacher thrust into subject leadership in a primary school. (It invariably comes as a surprise to well-paid heads of department in secondary schools that their primary colleagues have to take on subject leadership unremunerated. Indeed, it is not unusual, in small primary schools, for a teacher to have to take on more than one subject.)

Thankfully, Brooke's comprehensive guidance to RE subject-leaders in a primary school answers all the likely questions. What are the pitfalls? How can you assess spiritual development? What if my teaching colleagues are negative towards the subject? How can I avoid offending Muslims and Hindus? What about a report to the governors? This is the stuff of sleepless nights. Worry not, this jargon-free guidance will give you all the help you need.

Written by Dennis Richards

Book details

  • ISBN: 9780857462206
  • Published: 20 June 2014
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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 96
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