1.  Discovery RE: the enquiry-based approach to RE for F1 to Year 6

Discovery RE Ltd LogoOur Scheme of Work for Primary RE consists of very detailed medium-term planning and covers Christianity in every year group plus Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism using big enquiry questions.

It is already in use in hundreds of schools across the UK with exceptionally positive feedback.

For more information and sample lesson planning, testimonials, etc., see www.discoveryschemeofwork.com.

This teaching resource includes:

  • Hard copy plus CD copy
  • 6-lesson enquiry modules for each year group covering each required religion plus additional optional enquiries
  • Ready-made assessment task sheets with exemplified attainment descriptors
  • Engagement activities start in the children’s experience and then investigate the world of religion
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Identified SMSC opportunities in each module
  • Full planning for EYFS

We are very keen to hear from schools who may like to adopt Discovery RE as a cluster or family of schools, as this enables us to offer discounted training and support for its implementation.

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 2.  RE: How do I do it?

RE-HDIDI BookletThis booklet is Jan Lever®‘s (in association with the University of Oxford’s Department of Education) response to many requests/pleas from teachers and trainee teachers who are asked to teach RE but have had very little training on how to do it, and often feel a lack of confidence and expertise in this subject. Jan has condensed 30+ years of RE experience into a short, straightforward ‘how to’ booklet that acts as a starting point and a confidence booster for teachers who are committed to doing a good job of RE but need a bit of help getting started, to understand how to go about it.

In question and answer format, Jan explains what teachers need to know, introduces teachers to the enquiry-based approach and offers samples of planning, assessment tasks and interactive, fun teaching and learning activities.

The booklet can be a great source of discussion for staff teams acting as a prompt for staff development.

This also acts as a precursor to understanding the approach used in the Discovery RE Scheme of Work.

Reviewed in the Church Times magazine by Dennis Richards (Issue 7958, Page 32), in which he writes that this publication is “..refreshingly jargon-free… packed with ideas and schemes of work that are enough to gain an ‘Outstanding’ grade in curriculum RE.” He goes on to say that newly qualified teachers “would have access to the best and most up-to-date thinking on the subject.”

You can order the booklet directly from the Discovery Online Shop, or by contacting us.

This ‘How do I do it?’ guide, is also available as an interactive App for iPad®, allowing you to create, edit and save your notes on your tablet, view the sample materials, access referenced material from the built-in web links and transfer your notes by email or directly to your Dropbox® etc.itunes

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 3.  Religious Education in the Primary School

Jan and her team can support with any/all of the following aspects of RE in the Primary School:

  • Auditing and action planning
  • Monitoring
  • Subject leader training and mentoring
  • Policy review, writing and consultation
  • Curriculum review and design
  • Writing lesson plans and designing resources
  • Staff training and mentoring
  • Parent and carer sessions
  • Governor sessions
  • Discovery RE: the enquiry-based approach to RE for F1 to Year 6

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 4.  Religious Education in the Secondary School

Jan and her team can support with any/all of the following aspects of RE in the Secondary School:

  • Auditing and action planning
  • Monitoring
  • Subject leader training and mentoring
  • Policy review, writing and consultation
  • Curriculum review and design
  • Writing lesson plans and designing resources
  • Staff training and mentoring
  • Parent and carer sessions
  • Governor sessions

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 5.  Support for SACREs (Standing Advisory Councils on Religious Education)

The JLECT RE Associates are all experienced RE teachers and trainers and have all been members of, and advisers to, SACREs.

JLECT is therefore very open to consultancy work with and for SACREs including:

  • Leading agreed syllabus consultation processes and reviews
  • Writing agreed syllabi to meet specific local needs and requirements
  • Leading regular teacher network meetings with updates and mini training sessions included
  • Running courses and conferences

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 6.  RE subject leader training for Primary Schools

Understanding that subject leadership for Religious Education may change hands quite often and that training for new subject leaders is not easy to find, we run a series of two sessions, preferably in the Autumn Term, to build confidence, add clarity as to the role, expectations and boundaries of it, and offer strategies to ensure success in it.

These sessions cover planning across the whole school, supporting colleagues, assessment and monitoring strategies as well as being prepared for Ofsted/SIAMS, and include a free copy of our subject leader manual, and a copy of “Religious Education – How do I do it?”

You can visit the Discovery RE online shop, for details of this publication.

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 7.  RE conferences

Experienced at planning and leading RE conferences on many aspects of RE over the last 20+ years, Jan and her team pride themselves on making such events valuable continuing professional development opportunities for teachers, but also excellent vehicles through which to bring schools, SACRE members and pupils together to progress RE learning.

Conferences can focus on:

  • Exciting and meaningful RE teaching and learning
  • RE in everything (using al sorts of resources to expand RE learning)
  • Teaching a specific religion
  • How to assess RE learning

Such conferences can be bespoke to your area or school needs and we can undertake the planning, delivery and also the administration of these events.

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 8.  SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural) development opportunities

The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils is not easy to define or to pin down, especially when mapping across the school or trying to monitor for all children/young people. Ofsted offers its description with objectives for each of the areas, but on top of everything else required in the pressurised curriculum time, SMSC can be tricky to define. It is, however, essential to creating a positive school ethos, to pupils’ academic progress and, of course, to Ofted’s judgements on your school.

Schools have a statutory duty to provide a broad and balanced curriculum and promote the SMSC of pupils. Our training helps to clarify what this is, how it can be monitored across, within and outside of the curriculum and how schools can ensure good and outstanding provision, not just because it’s required and expected, but because it helps teachers teach and enhances pupils’ learning and development.

Our sessions can focus on all or specific elements of SMSC and can consider the significant contribution of RE and PSHE if that is helpful.

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 9.  Support for Church schools expecting SIAMS

AlisonAlison Harris, one of the JLECT RE Specialists, is a qualified SIAMS Inspector and offers audits, action planning and support on achieving successful SIAMS inspections.

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 10.  Collective Worship for Primary Schools

What makes an assembly into an act of collective worship? How can these be appropriate to the school setting and the community? Where do I keep finding new and fresh material for collective worship?

These sessions unpack the requirements for Collective Worship, illustrate how this can be relevant and meaningful to the whole school community and offer resources to use in school, drawing on the range of all six principal religions as well as non-religious belief systems.

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All our sessions aim to improve the subject-specific knowledge for those leading and/or facilitating RE work in schools from SACREs (Standing Advisory Councils on RE) and senior leaders to teachers and HTLAs (Higher Level Teaching Assistants) in the classroom.

We place great emphasis on teaching and learning and always do our best to make our sessions as useful and practical as possible in the classroom.

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