RE committees lay the inspiration for speaking non-religious worldviews

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Religious education institutions lay the foundation for teaching non-religious worldviews in the classroom.

The Religious Education Council of England and Wales (REC) and RE Today Services will collaborate on a new set of resources over the next three years.

They are supported in the joint venture by a grant of £ 150,000 from the Templeton World Charity Foundation.

Over the course of the project, the charities will produce a toolkit to help schools build a renewable energy curriculum that coexists religious and non-religious beliefs – a key recommendation from the Renewable Energy Commission in 2018.

In addition to organized worldviews, the approach also takes into account the personal worldviews that students bring to class.

Stephen Pett, RE Today project leader, said the toolkit "will have a significant impact on the direction and quality of RE for years to come".

"Our focus is on creating clear and practical guides to help those who create curricula for the subject," he said.

"We will draw on the many opportunities that arise from studying religious and non-religious worldviews and offer different models for applying these ideas to curriculum development.

"We want students to have a better understanding of religion and religious and non-religious worldviews as part of their understanding of the world and themselves."

Professor Trevor Cooling, Chairman of the REC, said: "This is an important project that takes another step towards improving the quality and accuracy of the religious education education and its ability to prepare students for life in modern Britain. It reinforces the important role of the Fachs plays in improving society, education and the economy.

"We believe the new vision will inspire students as they learn more about how their own personal worldviews can grow and develop by learning about organized religious and non-religious worldviews.

"As a member organization, we will draw on the expertise of the teachers, counselors, advisers and members of the faith and belief communities who are part of the REC to develop the new framework. Our ultimate goal is to make teachers academically more rigorous in planning support and personally inspiring RE for their students.

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