The REQM team believe that religious education has a unique contribution to make to young people’s development.
The REQM team believe that religious education has a unique contribution to make to young people’s development. It provides space in the curriculum where learners and their teachers can explore the important ideas about what it means to be human. It is full of the big questions of meaning, purpose, how we celebrate and how we decide what is right and wrong. The team enjoy working with schools and pupils finding out what they enjoy about religious education and what can make it even better.
The RE Quality Mark was developed by Jane Brooke and Mary Myatt as a way of celebrating high quality practice. Since the project began, it has been very encouraging to find that so many young people appreciate what their teachers are providing for them. Where it is well taught learners are saying that it gives them the chance to think about, reflect and respond to matters of faith, belief and values. They say it opens their eyes to how others see the world and gives them the chance to express their insights about how we respond to the big questions of being human.
Linda Rudge is a freelance education expert specialising in RE and the continuing professional development of teachers. Before becoming project manager for the REQM, she led the partnership development of the Learn, Teach, Lead RE programme www.ltlre.org
She is a qualified teacher and SIAMS inspector, and has worked for a local authority as an adviser and for two universities. Linda is convinced that confident and valued teachers are the key to successful RE in any school, and that the REQM has been a very important contributor to the subject’s recent successes.
Sharon Artley has been working in religious education both in the classroom, and more recently as a consultant, lecturer, inspector, and trainer. She has published articles and digital resources, running courses and delivering training both locally and nationally. She has specific interests in Holocaust Education, the contribution Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) makes to religious education and spiritual development and the impact ICT can have on the delivery and outcomes of high quality RE. Sharon is a co-optee on the executive of NASACRE (National Association of Standing Advisory Councils on Religious Education). She also supports various organisations and individuals as their webmaster.
Sharon has supported and worked on various RE Council projects including: Learning Outside the Classroom, REsilience and the revision of the RE CPD Handbook. In addition to being webmaster for REQM, Sharon is also an assessor.