Webinar XVI: RE & religious literacy

Webinar XVI: RE & religious literacy

The importance of supporting religious literacy skills amongst your pupils

Tuesday 26th January 2016 | 4:00pm–4:45pm (45 minutes)

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The importance of being religiously literate is increasing as globalisation has created greater links and migration between societies of different faiths and cultures.

Religious literacy is the knowledge of, and ability to, understand religion. In the British context, more people profess a post-Christian spirituality, humanism or atheism belief while Muslim, Sikh, Hindu and Jewish faith communities are increasingly visible in all aspects of public life. However, the Commission on Religion and Belief in Public Life in a recent report stated that British Society is in serious need of higher levels of religious literacy as ‘the potential for misunderstanding, stereotyping and oversimplification based on ignorance is huge – and schools have a big part to play in putting this right’.

RE teachers often understand religious literacy just in terms of young people knowing about the major religions, but according to OfSTED (RE: Realizing the Potential), RE lessons often fall well short of being inspiring, even effective, particularly lower down the age range where the teaching via a ‘list of religions’ approach has been more common.
Consequently, this webinar will provide practical advice and guidance on:

  • How RE can help aid the development of religious literacy skills in pupils;
  • How to approach religious literacy learning so that pupils are equipped with the skills to conceive, discuss and engage with religious subjects that they are being taught;
  • Why religious literacy should also be viewed as a set of skills supporting an attitude of humility, respect and curiosity;
  • Practical activities 


Claire Clinton, Religious Education Advisor

Claire Clinton is an experienced teacher within EYFS, Primary and Secondary education. She has over 20 years of classroom experience, and 16 years of advisory work at a national and local level. Claire is presently the Religious Education Advisor for the London Borough of Newham for eight years prior to which she was a RE consultant for the London Borough of Redbridge and Essex County Council.

You can view the accompanying presentation here