With a broad range of experience in delivering school improvement and the high-quality teaching of RE, we can offer a variety of support to schools to enable the effective delivery of statutory aspects of RE and Collective Worship: from policy to practice, subject pedagogy and resources to the auditing and monitoring of the impact of your practice in your school. We have the experience to support your staff to be confident in their teaching of and leadership of this aspect of the curriculum.
We offer a bespoke service to meet your training needs and are happy to respond to your requirements following discussion. The list below shows the breadth of our offer, but we are able to tailor this to meet your specific requirements.
Support available includes:
- Understanding the new (2022) Agreed Syllabus for RE
- Religious Education subject review
- Review of SMSC in your school including Collective Worship and Fundamental British Values
- Support undertaking pupil and student consultations
- Religious Education subject audit and mapping to statutory requirements
- Policy review and development
- Consultancy in preparation for Ofsted
- Support to organise visits to places of worship
- Support devising lesson planning and resources
- Working with new co-ordinators – developing understanding and confidence in leading RE
- Staff inset and Governing Body training regarding aspects of RE including:
- meeting the requirements of the new Birmingham Agreed Syllabus: content, pedagogy and delivery
- using artefacts in the classroom
- delivering effective Collective Worship including statutory requirements and practical guidance
- how to teach a specific Religious Tradition – knowledge and practical application
- how to answer difficult questions in RE
“I wanted to thank you for supporting Billesley School by sharing your expertise with: RE, curriculum development and legislation knowledge. Without this support we are under no assumption that the success of empowering, re-inspiring teachers and giving the RE curriculum the fundamental uplift that it needed, would have not been as successful without.
Your presentation during our inset was delivered with a simple yet methodical approach, the adaptions made to support and encompass the needs of the school was simply phenomenal to be apart of. It would be great to have you back in a years time to see how we have progressed with it. Forever in your debt”.
Ayesha McDaniel, Assistant Principal, Billesley Primary School
“Simone has been helpful towards me in my role at Cherry Orchard in helping to match the dispositions from the Agreed Syllabus to the Opening Worlds curriculum. Although this was challenging, I received good advice how to do this and was able to do this for the relevant documents. She has always been quick to respond when I have had a question and has guided me to get the information I need to know.”
Mr Andrew Renhard BAQTS (Honours), Religious Education Co-ordinator, Cherry Orchard Primary School
“I was feeling very confused about Collective Worship, not only about the legality of it but also how to make it relevant and useful for our children in a SEND setting. Luckily a short Teams meeting with Dr Whitehouse cleared everything up. She was extremely knowledgeable and understood the challenge we faced making Collective Worship useful for such a diverse range of children in what is already a jam-packed timetable. I felt significantly more informed following our conversation and empowered to revitalise our collective worship provision.”
Leigh Noble, Wilson Stuart
“The support we received from Simone was excellent. Very informative, up to date information regarding the new scheme of work and expectations. We were able to tailor the half day to suit our needs and felt that many of our queries were answered. Well worth investing the time and money to ensure that we are developing RE in school as it is expected. Very valuable.”
Louise Spencer, Deputy Headteacher, Glenmead Primary School
“I’ve contacted Services for Education several times for advice with RE in school: planning, delivery and additional documentation. I’ve always found them very supportive and willing to help.”
Nick Beattie, Assistant Principal, Blakenhale Juniors
“Thank you for delivering the RE workshop which was very well received.
- Quality of Presentation – 12/12 gave it the highest score (Very Good)
- Content of Workshop – 11/12 gave it the highest score (Very Good) 1/12 gave it second highest score (Good)
- How Useful was Workshop – 11/12 gave it the highest score (Very Good) 1/12 gave it second highest score (Good)
Brilliant; Very useful and interesting; Gave us confidence with KS3; Understanding KS2 useful; Lots of practical ideas and examples to use; Helpful for sequencing.”
The Oaks Collegiate of Secondary Schools
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About the Adviser
Dr Simone Whitehouse-James - Adviser, Services For Education
Simone qualified with a PGCE in Religious Education following a Bachelors degree in Theology. Simone went onto lead RE in two demographically differently schools in Birmingham before working for the city’s advisory service.
Simone works in two areas: Religious Education and Early Career Teachers. Working in Religious Education Simone engages with faith groups and advises the Standing Advisory Council for RE (SACRE) on RE and Collective Worship. She has worked with others to design lesson plans for the Faith Makes a Difference website to support schools to implement the Birmingham Agreed Syllabus. She has worked on drafting the new Agreed Syllabus.
Simone also works with primary and secondary teachers and school governors. Working on behalf of the City Council as the Appropriate Body for ECTs Simone works with senior leaders and tutors to support their ECTs through induction.
Simone has recently been awarded her PhD – demonstrating her love of learning and Religious Education!
How does pricing work?Because this offer is bespoke, our prices vary to reflect exactly what you and your school need. However, please see the table below for our indicative structure.
|Training Description||Current Pricing|
|Full day (6 hours) bespoke training.||£60 per person with min spend of £1599 (up to 27 people)|
|Half day (3 hours) bespoke training||£30 per person with min spend of £835 (up to 27 people)|
|Short session training (60-90 minute INSET)||£499|
|Daily Rate for Consultancy for Advisers (one to one, or one to two sessions only)||£935|
|½ Daily Rate for Consultancy for Advisers (one to one, or one to two sessions only)||£499|