The link between religion and education is of interest to
schools because aspects of their school life involve this link.
Religious education, for example, is a part of the statutory
curriculum for all pupils up to the age of eighteen. Collective
worship is a feature of school life in both England and Wales.
But, beyond schools, there are others who have an interest in
the interplay between religion and education. Many religious
groups have such an interest as do individuals, whether they
describe themselves as ‘religious’ or not.
Redbridge has a reputation for the quality of much of its work
in religious education. Some fine RE teaching and learning
goes on in Redbridge schools. The stance towards RE
adopted in the local agreed syllabus for religious education is
The Redbridge Standing Advisory Council on Religious
Education (SACRE) is well known for the quality and
generosity of what it does. For example, it holds an annual
lecture which is delivered by a person of national repute. An
annual evening of entertainment is also held which draws
together people from schools, the local community and
religious groups. SACRE has also published a series of
‘briefing papers’ for schools which help headteachers and
others to respond to religious and cultural issues which arise
in a knowing and flexible manner.
There are individuals within the community who, although
beyond school age, demonstrate that learning about religions,
and about the interplay between religion and education, is a
There are also individuals outside Redbridge who, through
being involved with activities focused in Redbridge, continue
their link with the borough. Some of these individuals have led
courses in Redbridge, or have attended the annual SACRE
lecture. Some have acted as consultants to various projects.
The concept of the ‘Redbridge Religious Education Network’
embraces all these individuals and groups, and more
This website is the Network’s ‘home’. It is where people can
go for a range of material:
information about courses and meetings, articles about
events, links with other websites, reviews of material, and so
on. Through making contact with other individuals and groups,
it is also a ‘meeting place’.
Those who are constructing the Redbridge Religious
Education Network website know that it is both a new and a
creative venture. That they do not fully understand how it will
develop is of no great concern to them. For, after all, no-one
as yet quite understands what the place of information and
communications technologies will be in the new millennium.
Redbridge RE Advisor up to 2008