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Some FANTASTIC news.....

Discussion in 'Religious Education' started by GruffyMax, Nov 12, 2011.

  1. There is hope!!
    I started at my school last Sept, the head the April before. Really bad RE at KS3 which meant that no one took it as a option. (Lets not focus on not meeting KS4 requirements here!!)
    So, old HoD left at Christmas, RE was un-led for a term. Then in April I was made 'RE Co-ordinator', with the mission to get a GCSE option group up and running....... have been working really hard to write engaging SoWs, slowly getting there....
    But RE was still an option, students had to take a humanity, which could be the (popular) Geography, Physcology (have I spelt that right?) RE or history. RE was also in the same option block as Media Studies.
    So, a member of SLT came to find me yesterday, after a meeting about the current Yr9 options they have decided that students HAVE to take Geography, History or........ RE!!!!!!!
    What Ebacc??!! The head is really committed to RE, really recognises its place in the curriculum, in spite of the current situation. There's still a chance we won't get a class, but SLT have given us a huge advantage. [​IMG]
     
  2. There is hope!!
    I started at my school last Sept, the head the April before. Really bad RE at KS3 which meant that no one took it as a option. (Lets not focus on not meeting KS4 requirements here!!)
    So, old HoD left at Christmas, RE was un-led for a term. Then in April I was made 'RE Co-ordinator', with the mission to get a GCSE option group up and running....... have been working really hard to write engaging SoWs, slowly getting there....
    But RE was still an option, students had to take a humanity, which could be the (popular) Geography, Physcology (have I spelt that right?) RE or history. RE was also in the same option block as Media Studies.
    So, a member of SLT came to find me yesterday, after a meeting about the current Yr9 options they have decided that students HAVE to take Geography, History or........ RE!!!!!!!
    What Ebacc??!! The head is really committed to RE, really recognises its place in the curriculum, in spite of the current situation. There's still a chance we won't get a class, but SLT have given us a huge advantage. [​IMG]
     
  3. veni_vidi

    veni_vidi New commenter

    Excellent! So there's hope yet!
     
  4. durgamata

    durgamata Occasional commenter

    That is great news. How about you get me in to add to all the great things you are doing. One school is interested in 'hot-seating me' about my beliefs and why I thing RE is so important and wanted to specialise in it.


    I wrote that HOD an outline of what I believe and why as the basis for their preparing questions. I'll upload it as another of my resources in case you or anyone else would like to get me in.


    I have decided this term to continue the 'expenses only' basis for my work as it gives me experience, new contacts and good feedback. I am updating my website and would like some good 'comments' to include, too.


    If you've been following any of my New York Meditation Blog you may like to invite me to give a talk on that and lead some classes in some basic approaches to meditation. It can help them to de-stress, maintain a balanced perspective and deal with pressure as well as be of spiritual benefit.
     
  5. Brummy Boy

    Brummy Boy New commenter

    I too have been 'blessed' with a Head who values RE. We are in the Humanities option block (against History and Geography) and in with 'the others'. Am really glad to say that last year we had 90 students elect to take full course RE. We are also confident of getting similar numbers this year.

    When given a chance RE punches well above its weight and helps kids achieve.
     
  6. ramaduds

    ramaduds New commenter

    Good news! We're up against Drama, Food and Business Studies (alongside BTEC subjects). We always get a really high number of pupils opting GCSE RS, but I hate it when it collides with drama - so many pupils want to do both. Must be because i'm a big Drama Queen!
     
  7. I am utterly spoilt by an amazing head who insists that everyone does full course RS GCSE regardless of ability, desire etc
     

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