18th October 2018

Over the weekend of 13-14 October Mark Plater, subject leader for PGCE Secondary Religious Education at Bishop Grosseteste University (BGU), joined more than 150 Religious Education professionals from across the UK for a National Religious Education conference.

The event was the first such national gathering of RE professionals since the recent publication of the RE Council's Commission on RE report, Religion and Worldviews: the way forward. The report proposed radical changes to the legal provisions for RE along with a new vision for how the subject should be taught.

With a diverse collection of attendees representing all of the major national school Religious Education organisations and bodies – including teachers, lecturers and inspectors – the conference provided an opportunity to consider the future of the subject along with the proposals being put forward by the Commission. As a platform for the celebration of the best elements of RE in the country the event was an inspiration for Mark:

"Not only was it encouraging to see key RE people and organisations coming together in this way, but everything about the conference was excellent: the speakers, the workshops, the venue and the wonderful group of people present. I have great hope for the future of our subject if it is being led by such people."

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