Achieving the award is a great opportunity to celebrate and you will receive a certificate in recognition.
You could send news of the award to local and regional newspapers, TV and radio stations and local council newsletters and it can also go onto your school’s website (see below).
You might also want to hold a celebration event for parents, feeder schools, governors and the local community. This is what some schools have organised:
A celebration assembly
An RE focus day
Visits to their feeder schools
An Open Day for RE
Presentation to the governing body
The REC also reserves the right to notify RE associations and the wider educational community through social media and announcements on the REC and REQM websites.
What do people say?
It was great to have time to think about RE and wonderful to be able to discuss our department. The opportunity for this kind of professional dialogue about RE was a rare treat for me and it was a pleasure to be able to spend time thinking about our practice with you.
Gold award winning school
I like RE because of the way it broadens my understanding of the world and its culture to alter my perspective and make me a more rounded, better person.
We love RE. We can express our own views and opinions without fear of being wrong.
Secondary school student
In RE lessons, we reflect on our work in class and note our mistakes. We use phrases like ‘on the one hand… on the other hand’.
It is fun and the homework is interesting … even my dad finds it interesting!
I like that we are free to give any opinion that we want to give, that we are not pressured into feeling a certain way which is good when discussing such personal topics.