• Thursday 7th May 2015

    To be held at G39, School of Education, University of Birmingham


    Alan Brine (former chief inspector for RE) will talk about:

    1. Preparing for Ofsted

    2. The inquiry approach to RE


    A chance to meet other teachers of RE, to share ideas and gain support.

    Refreshments from 4:30.

    Start from 5:00.

    Finish by 6:00.

    The RE network group meeting is a link group for the West Midlands. All secondary RE teachers are most welcome.

  • The Discovery RE scheme - advice from Birmingham SACRE - the publicity for this scheme is misleading as it claims that it meets the requirements of the Birmingham Agreed Syllabus 2007. This is inaccurate for the following reasons:


    The intentions for pupils’ learning as a result of following of the Discovery RE scheme are very different from those stipulated in the Birmingham Agreed Syllabus 2007.

  • The BBC has made 5 new programmes for Key Stage Two which will be transmitted in the very early mornings on BBC 2 as follows. Lat Blaylock of RE Today has been working on the programmes which will also become available on the BBC website after the transmission.


    Christianity:        0530, 24/03/15, BBC Two.

    Sikhism:               0500, 25/03/15, BBC Two

  • Research into Religious Education in Birmingham


    My name is Simone Whitehouse. I am a PhD student at the University of Birmingham, researching teachers’ views on the 2007 Birmingham Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. I’d like to ask for your help with my research.

  • An exciting new Drama in Education project by Quaker arts charity Leaveners. The project ties into the 2014-2018 global commemoration of the First World War and will engage students with historical and contemporary questions related to ‘conscientious objection’. The project is also linked to the exhibition at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (January to June 2015).

    For more information:



  • For more information on this please click the link below

  • The REC's new Sacred Spaces website goes live on 1st September.

  • In a recent letter (July 2014) to schools and academies Sir Michael Wilshaw (Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector) writes of the importance of a broad and balanced education to promote the development of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) values through developing respect for people of other faiths, cultures and lifestyles.


    Our syllabus, teaching through 24 dispositions which the nine faiths groups in the city of Birmingham have agreed enables the nurturing of this balance and promotion of values.


  • Birmingham SACRE is keen to support schools and academies or groups of schools and academies in developing and enhancing Religious Education provision.

    If you or your colleagues have any ideas with how to support RE in this manner through the development of lesson materials, pupil projects,  activities or competitions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

    For more information or to email you ideas get in touch with Simone Whitehouse:


  • The Faith Encounter Programme, Birmingham, launches a new DVD this month 'VISITING FAITHS' . Six films visit the most inspiring places of worship in the West Midlands through the eyes of a faith guide. Designed for KS2-3, their lively presentation will inspire high quality learning and teaching, or form the backbone for collective worship. Equally, they are useful preparation for an actual visit.  The films visit Hockley Buddhist Vihara, C of E Cathedral, Progressive Synagogue, Balaji Temple, Central Mosque and Nishkam Gurudwara. Running time 10mins x 6 films.