Each award visit takes up to two hours 15 minutes and the programme is as follows:
Meeting a group (or groups) – of pupils for 30 minutes
Discussion with the RE subject leader about the criteria and the school evidence form – 1 hour
Time for the assessor to view evidence and note progress – 30 minutes
Meeting with the headteacher (or a member of the senior leadership team responsible for RE) – 15 minutes
After the assessment
After the assessment you will be asked to give some feedback about how you found the process, and your assessor will receive a copy. Your assessor will also provide feedback to the REQM administrator and your school will receive a copy.
If appropriate, we would also like to use photographs of your work for the REQM website. These should be submitted with your feedback, and we will assume all necessary clearances and permissions have been obtained under the school’s own DBS and GDPR arrangements. (Please read the code of conduct for assessors.)
Receiving your award
You will be contacted by the REQM administrator to confirm your award.
An award for display will be sent to the school. You will also get sent the logos for use on stationary and your website. (For further information, see the Publicity section).
The award is valid for three years, but your school can reapply at any time..
What do people say?
My best learning experience in RE was when my teacher put out some Jewish objects on a table. There was a Torah scroll, a kippah and a Hanukkiah. He also put out some photo, posters and books. We got a sheet and had to draw an object, so I liked this activity as we had choice and then predict what this object was for in Judaism. After we had predicted we went to find out what the object was and how it was used in Judaism. I also like this topic as we had a visitors come and talk to us about their Jewish faith.
I like the open questions we think about and get asked. When I listen to others they help me change my views on things. I like acting it’s much easier to learn.
Year 6 pupil
RE helps you to grow in maturity. Seeing the bigger picture helps you to understand things.
RE is about thinking hard as you have to really think about other peoples’ thoughts, and then help them to think even more about it – and that’s not easy!
Year 6 pupil
In RE, there’s always another question to ask!
Year 6 pupil
We had a Skype call to a school in Thailand and they told us all about Buddhism and showed us their Buddha statue.