The REQM team believe that religious education has a unique contribution to make to young people’s development.
Linda Rudge is a freelance education expert specializing in RE. Before becoming project manager for the REQM, she led the partnership development of the Learn, Teach, Lead RE programme www.ltlre.org across several local authorities.
Linda is a qualified teacher, formerly a Section 48 (SIAMS) inspector, and she spent twenty years in higher education engaged in research and in initial and continuing teacher education. Linda is convinced that confident and valued teachers are the key to successful RE in any school, and that the REQM has a very important contribution to make to the subject’s success.
Linda has been a member of several Standing Advisory Councils for RE, and is now the Chair of the National Association of SACREs (elected in 2020).
There were a number of good ideas which challenged us, e.g. the idea of pupils planning lessons. Although our pupils have always been involved in our planning and our schemes of work contained many of their suggestions, e.g. using film clips and music, we have never formally asked pupils to plan lessons before. We asked a class of Year 10 pupils to plan lessons on Christmas for Year 7 pupils and they also delivered a small part of the lessons. This was a very rewarding experience for all concerned and we added new lessons to our scheme of work as a result. We will continue to develop this idea.
Gold award winning school
RE is everywhere in our school, well more than that really…. in RE there are no walls….
Year 7 student
RE contributes a huge amount to the school ethos.
RE Head of Department
RE has been the forerunner of whole school initiatives… RE innovates… and we follow!
Member of SLT
Because of RE, when I hear something on TV about attacks I know that not all Muslims are bad.
Having an extra lesson of RE each week would make RE better.