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Celebrating RE at York St John

Staff, trainee teachers, former students, partner schools and pupils attached to York St John University will be celebrating Religious Education (RE) in style at an event taking place on Thursday 10 March.

The event will focus on the exciting diversity and richness that exists in RE classrooms today. It is one of a number of events being held across the country during Celebrating RE month.

Professor Julian Stern, Dean of the Faculty of Education & Theology at York St John University, will open the event with a keynote address on ‘Why we should celebrate RE’.

Current and past trainees will present innovative activities and strategies they have adopted in their RE classrooms and there will be an interactive exhibition space based around seven main belief traditions which are taught in schools today. Tours of the David Hope RE Centre, a unique and inspiring resource centre, will also take place.

Imelda O’Grady, Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education & Theology and Tutor for PGCE RE (Secondary) said:

“Religious Education is central to the work of York St John, with its long history in Education, Theology, Religious Studies and the David Hope RE centre. This event provides an invaluable opportunity for PGCE students to demonstrate the creativity of their subject area.”

Celebrating RE is a month long celebration of RE in schools, colleges, universities, faith and belief communities and local communities throughout England and Wales. It is organised by the Religious Education Council of England and Wales. Its purpose is to celebrate the contribution that high quality RE can make to the education of every child and young person. It also aims to raise public awareness and understanding of the nature of RE as a subject which is relevant, challenging, interesting and of educational value to all, whatever their religious or philosophical background.

For further press information please contact Amy Hey, PR & Communications Officer on T: 01904 876466 or E: a.hey@yorksj.ac.uk


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