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REQM Assessor training in Wales

Posted: Fri 11th Oct 2013

On Monday 7th October REQM Project Managers Jane Brooke and Mary Myatt led the assessor training for REQM Wales.

There were 7 assessors including four from schools which had received the award.

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REC REQM Update

Posted: Thu 26th Sep 2013

  • The Welsh pilot is completed and assessor training is being run for assessments in Welsh schools
  • The Keswick Hall Trust has generously given funding for 6 REQM school in the Eastern region to work with 12 new schools to create REQM hubs through networks.
  • The project managers presented at the CStG Leaders Weekend in September.
  • Jane Brooke has started a pilot with Chester university on action research with teachers in a small group of REQM schools as part of project to encourage teachers to study for an MA.
  • Fliers promoting the REQM have been emailed to all schools in England and Wales
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Launch of the RE Quality Mark

Posted: Thu 18th Jul 2013

House of Lords, 15 July 2013

Baroness Perry welcomed everyone to the launch, in particular the 

high achieving young people who have worked very hard in a subject that is so important and so much fun to do.

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RE Quality Mark Project Manager Jane Brooke, introduced the formal part of the afternoon, first by thanking Baroness Perry for hosting the event at the House of Lords and for the opportunity to celebrate the launch of the RE Quality Mark.

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Mark of good faith in teachers' skills

Posted: Fri 15th Feb 2013

From the Sunderland Echo 14th February 2013:

HARD-WORKING staff and pupils are celebrating gaining top recognition for teaching.

The Venerable Bede CE Academy’s Religious Education department has clinched a prestigious national award.

Delighted staff and students have been awarded the RE Quality Mark (REQM), which has been developed to recognise high-quality religious education in schools across the country.

There is a renewed focus from Ofsted on the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of all pupils.

Add this itemHeadteacher Gill Booth said: “Achieving the award at the highest level of GOLD is an indication of school-wide commitment to excellent teaching and learning in religious education.”

Head of RE at the Tunstall Bank secondary, Richard Goodman, said: “The award recognised the outstanding learning in RE, both in terms of exam results, and the high enthusiasm and enjoyment students have of the subject.”

Gaining the award was no easy feat for the Ryhope school, as an assesor spent the day with the department’s senior staff, as well as pupils from all year groups.

Towards the end of the process, he also looked at students’ work and subject surveys to get a true picture of the curriculum and progress. In his report, the REQM assessor said: “There are some schools which I shall remember with satisfaction for a long time. The Venerable Bede in Sunderland is one of them.

“It was a privilege to visit the school and meet the department and some of the pupils.”

He said he was impressed by how RE makes a powerful contribution to young people’s learning, providing them with chances to explore the big ideas and questions of religion and belief.

The REQM has been developed to celebrate quality RE and The Religious Education Council of England and Wales provides support and monitors the quality of the award.

The REQM team congratulates the Venerable Bede Academy for sharing the excellent practice and innovative strategies developed in RE throughout the school and in the wider community - one of the criteria required for attaining the gold award.

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