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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New assessors trained

Posted: Mon 22nd Oct 2012

The REQM now has 53 assessors trained to go into schools. They will work with colleagues to verify awards for the REQM.  Feedback from the first pilot shows that schools value having their practice externally verified. They feel energised to make RE even more robust and relevant for their learners.

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The REQM goes live!

Posted: Mon 17th Sep 2012

After a year of planning, the first pilot and testing, the REQM website is open for business!


The first pilot for the REQM took place in the summer term 2012. Schools in the north west and east of England took part and we are delighted that 24 schools have successfully achieved the award. Congratulations to the 7 schools which achieved the gold, 10 achieving the silver and 7 the bronze.Add this item

The second pilot is underway this term, and all schools are welcome to download the criteria and plan to apply from the end of October. All schools are welcome to apply - primary, secondary, special, community, independent schools and academies.

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