Engaging and challenging Religious Education at Key Stage 3

This CPD course will clarify the key features of the new Key Stage 3 National Curriculum programme of study and explore engaging and effective teaching approaches. You will consider :

  • what are the challenges teachers face at Key Stage 3 and where should we look for support
  • how do we use Key Stage 3 as a springboard for Key Stage 4 success
  • how should teachers approach the challenges and opportunities teaching RE presents


09.30 - Arrival and introductions

09.45 - Context and current issues in RE: update on national and local RE context; RE Quality Mark; Learn, Teach, Lead RE; assessment

10.45 - Break

11.00 - Developing theological literacy: an introduction to the Understanding Christianity approach to learning

12.30 - Lunch break

13.15 - RE and controversial issues

14.30 - Developing a balanced and critical understanding of religion and belief

15.15 - Evaluation

15.30 - Finish

Presenter profile

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Ed Pawson spent 23 years as a secondary RE teacher, most recently as subject leader in a successful and popular RE department. He currently works as an educational adviser and consultant, contracting to the Diocese of Exeter and as adviser to Devon SACRE. He is on the National Association of Teachers of RE (NATRE) national executive, having been Chair for 6 years. He is a member of the Board of the Religious Education Council (REC) and he is the Project Director for the Learn, Teach, Lead RE programme in West of England (Somerset, Bristol and Swindon). He is passionate about the way in which RE can offer young people a unique opportunity to develop skills such as critical evaluation and dialogue. He believes that, at its best, religious education enables young people become more inquisitive, reflective and engaged learners.

Feedback from teachers on Ed’s course

Some really exciting ideas bringing worldviews into lessons.
Great to have a chance to discuss the ‘tricky’ theology and share ideas for teaching.
Worthwhile discussions – today has given me food for thought when it comes to planning our new KS3 curriculum

Cost: £145 per delegate which includes lunch and resources; £199 for 2 teachers from the same school

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