Book: Making every RE lesson count by @Mrslhteach & @missdcox via @CrownHousePub

Six principles to support religious education teaching. Published by Crown House Publishing

Making Every RE Lesson Count: Six principles to support religious education teaching.













  • The books takes a balanced view of teaching religious education (within the English curriculum context), set through three important lenses: theological, philosophical and social sciences.
  • The book is then split into six pedagogically important areas, focused for teaching religious education: challenge; explanation; modelling; practice; feedback, and; questioning.
  • Within the chapters, Louise and Dawn highlight a repertoire of pedagogical strategies that can support teachers discussing many moral and ethical subjects that cross different religious points of view.
  • Many pedagogical strategies are explored in the book, offering a signpost for teachers to explore further if relevant to their classroom.
  • This is a really useful book for secondary teachers who support religious education in their school, underpinned by the six principles that should be evident in any sequence of teaching.

Supported by Crown House Publishing

As we know from conflicts across the globe, religion can either unite or divide us. The effectiveness of RE teaching in schools can, however, help determine which of these prevails.

Louise Hutton and Dawn Cox are two of the most experienced and successful practitioners of this subject and are on a mission: “RE gets to the heart of what it means to be a human, to live and to be part of this amazing and wonderful planet. It provides a framework and a structure to help students unpick the big questions of religious belief and practice, of life and death, of society and culture, of morality and philosophy – all the things that make us human and help us to understand the shared identity of what it means to be human.”

Dawn has lived in many different communities, including with Bedouins in the desert and with Druze in the mountains close to the spot where Elijah slayed the prophets of Baal. These experiences made her realise that studying what people believe is not only about the past but also about the present and the future. For both her and Louise, teaching RE is about opening up this world to their students, some of whom may never have had the opportunity or inclination to see it first-hand themselves. “Religion is fascinating and it is our job to teach students about it, regardless of their own beliefs and experiences.”

In their new book, Making Every RE Lesson Count, Louise and Dawn discuss a new framework of teaching RE, comprising three core disciplines of theology, philosophy and the social sciences. This will be a new way of considering the structure of RE for many teachers. These three disciplines provide both teachers and students with specific lenses through which to study religions and world views, prompting them to consider different types of questions to ask when studying religion and belief:

Theological lens

Questions about belief: what it is, where it has come from, how it has changed over time and how it is applied in different contexts.

Philosophical lens

Questions about the nature of reality, existence and knowledge.

Social sciences lens

Questions about the way that religion and beliefs are lived and the impact they can have at an individual, communal and societal level.

All children need to acquire core knowledge and understanding of the beliefs and practices of the religions and world views which not only shape their history and culture but which guide their own development. The modern world needs young people who are sufficiently confident in their own beliefs and values that they can respect the religious and cultural differences of others and contribute to a cohesive and compassionate society.

Making Every RE Lesson Count is part of the Making Every Lesson Count series, edited by Shaun Allison and Andy Tharby.

*RRP Price correct at time of publication


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