In our Summer 2023 edition, the lead article is an interview with Children’s Commissioner for England: Dame Rachel de Souza. Formerly an RE teacher herself, Rachel talks about the Big Ask initiative which surveyed children and young people for their views, and of the value and importance of RE within the curriculum.
This issue’s theme is: what is worth celebrating in RE? This has inspired a number of articles about celebration within religions – such as festivals, with lots of ideas about presenting them in deep and engaging ways as an opportunity to explore the religions which observe them – and celebration of RE itself and the great things happening in our classrooms.
Celebration on the pitch and terraces featured in the Aga Khan Centre’s recent exhibition ‘Football and Religion: tales of hope, passion and play’. Lat Blaylock reports from the interview session at a panel discussion with Muslim, Christian and Jewish figures from the sport. Films from the exhibition are available online, featuring art from Ed Merlin Murray which references both football culture and religious symbolism; and the article includes questions to prompt classroom discussion.
Young secondary students from Bedfordshire interview teen-fiction author Bali Rai; diversity and belonging are celebrated in Wales at an anti-racist RVE conference and during a school’s Interfaith week; and our ‘Big Picture’ this term is from the pages of the beautiful ‘Golden Haggadah’ with stories that illuminate the Jewish festival of Pesach/Passover.
As always the magazine is packed with ideas that teachers can take directly into the classroom and is supported by online resources including three PowerPoints for NATRE members.