Services – Courses and Training – Religious Education

CEC can provide training of any suitable length to meet the requirements of a particular school. Below is a summary of some of the courses available, with suggested lengths, and a sample of feedback from schools.

Religious Education – suggested time 1.5 hours unless otherwise stated

‘Creative ideas for Making RE Enjoyable and Challenging’

A variety of practical activities and strategies for making the teaching of RE challenging, stimulating and fun

‘Providing for Gifted and Talented in RE – Using the higher level thinking skills.’

Strategies for extending the learning of gifted and talented pupils in RE and ensuring that RE lessons help develop the higher level thinking skills

Teaching Easter to ensure progression

Ideas for teaching Easter from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 3, avoiding repetition and ensuring that pupils build on previous knowledge year by year

Teaching Christmas to ensure progression

Ideas for teaching Christmas from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 3, avoiding repetition and ensuring that pupils build on previous knowledge year by year

Teaching Harvest to ensure progression

Ideas for teaching about issues related to Harvest Festivals from a variety of faiths, from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 3, avoiding repetition and ensuring that pupils build on previous knowledge

Assessment and Setting Levelled Tasks in RE

Understanding what can be assessed in RE and how to set levelled tasks using the level descriptors

An Overview of Six Major World Faiths (3 hours)

(A popular background course for teachers or any adult working with children form multi-ethnic backgrounds)

An brief introduction to the six major faiths taught by most Agreed Syllabuses, providing useful background for anyone working with pupils from a variety of faith backgrounds. Suitable for non-teaching staff as well as teachers

The Three Abrahamic Faiths (3 hours)

A more detailed look at Judaism, Christianity and Islam with the use of artefacts, aimed at building a teacher’s confidence in teaching these faiths.

The Three Eastern Faiths (3 hours)

A more in depth look at the three faiths of Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism with use of artefacts, aimed at building a teacher’s confidence in teaching these faiths

Understanding and Teaching Judaism (3 hours)

This course ideally consists of two, self-contained sessions: Session 1 provides background knowledge about the religion and Session 2 explores ways of teaching the religion. This can also be delivered as one session if preferred.

Understanding and teaching Islam

As above, this course ideally consists of two, self-contained sessions: Session 1 provides background knowledge about the religion and Session 2 explores ways of teaching the religion. This can also be delivered as one session if preferred

Understanding and teaching Christianity

As above, this course ideally consists of two, self-contained sessions: Session 1 provides background knowledge about the religion and Session 2 explores ways of teaching the religion. This can also be delivered as one session if preferred

Developing Key Skills in RE

Unpicking some of the key skills required by most RE syllabuses and exploring practical ways of developing them in lessons

Using Visits to Places of Worship to Develop Quality Religious Education

Practical ideas for making the most of school visits to places of worship and ensuring that such visits lead to quality RE. The session will stress the importance of preparing for the visit before-hand and following it up afterwards

Teaching Jewish Festivals and Holy Days in a Creative Ways

This session would provide background information about the main Jewish festivals and Holy Days and explore creative, kinaesthetic ways of teaching them, based around how Jewish believers celebrate them today. Festivals covered include Pesach, Sukkot, Purim, Hanukkah, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

Some testimonials:

“As always Keith is inspirational.”
– RE Co-ordinator – St Andrews and St Marks School

“It was thumbs up from all the staff! They feel better informed about assessing.”
– RE Co-ordinator – Fern Hill Primary School