PENNY'S RELIGIOUS EDUCATION SITE
My name is Penny Thompson. I am a researcher, writer and practitioner
in the field of Religious Education in the UK. I taught in comprehensive schools
on Merseyside for 15 years.
Inspiring Faith in Schools; studies in religious education
This is my most recent publication. Ashgate have just published this important book, co-edited by myself with Marius Felderhof and David Torevell.
The Effective Teaching of Religious Education
In October 2006 Pearson Education published a second edition of Brenda Watson's book first published in 1993. This highly successful work has been revised and updated by Brenda and myself and is now available for sale.
A MAJOR NEW STUDY OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
Fitting out the Framework
This is my latest booklet which gives ideas on how to implement the non-statutory national framework for RE.
Is religious education possible in our schools?
The booklet 'Is religious education possible in our schools?' was first given as the 2003 annual Cornwall SACRE lecture. I can supply it on receipt of £1.50p.
What does the Law really say about RE?
I can also supply a study of the law on RE. The law does not require the teaching of a particular six religions. Nor must all pupils study the same agreed syllabus. Read a summary here I can supply copies on receipt of £1.50 inclusive of post and packing.
A Guide to SACREs and ASCs
It is called SACRE and ASC: A Guide. It explains what members of these bodies need to know. Reading this booklet will help you to get things right. George Oliver has written a foreword to the booklet. I can supply copies on receipt of £1.50.
A Guide for Teachers
This booklet for teachers is called Challenging RE. It sets out an exciting way of teaching RE that is suitable for all types of school. It also deals with how and why the law has been misinterpreted. I can supply copies on receipt of £1.50. Here is a quote from the work of Marius Felderhof which I have made use of in this booklet. Peter Dawson OBE has written a foreword to the booklet. Read it here
A Guide for Parents to RE and Collective Worship
This guide is especially for parents. It was first published in The Plain Truth magazine. The 1988 Education Reform Act allows children to be brought up in their parental faith within certain limitations. This guide informs parents of the law and what their rights are in relation to RE and collective worship. You may order a copy from me, price £1.50.
Comment on the RE scene
The non-statutory national framework
A major submission to QCA from 4 academics
Background to the National Framework
Debate with Professor John Hull
RE and Globalisation
Here you can read a piece written by John Hull for his university website. And here you can read my reply.The National Society Church Schools' Mag
Debate with Dr. Trevor Cooling
Read a synopsis of Cooling's view of RE, as expressed in Issues in Religious Education, edited by Alan Brown and Lynne Broadbent. Click here You can read my response here
Debate with Dr. Brenda Watson
Brenda Watson is one of the foremost contributors to RE thinking in the UK today. She has written a response to to my ideas about RE. Click here
Articles on the theory of RE
Ideas for use in the classroom
Inspiration before going in
The Christian heritage
I am using an excellent booklet with children in school which explains our Christian heritage. You can look it up here
The ten commandments
Here is an idea for teaching the Ten Commandments Try it!
And you might like to try some literary criticism of the biblical narrative that builds on Keystage 2 literacy strategies. Click here
Please send me your good ideas; I will put them up on my site for others to benefit.
Letting the children choose the text
I am grateful to Liz McCaul who sent this idea in. Click here
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