What is ‘Learn/Teach/Lead RE’?

The project is a learning partnership project for Religious Education with a focus on creating a community of enquiry and professional development across the southwest peninsula.

The project aims to support all teachers of RE irrespective of their experience or qualifications through practical support at hub meetings and the opportunity to participate in projects that develop their teaching skills and the learning experiences of those they teach.

We are a grass-roots movement who look to partner with others. We believe that encouragement and collaboration in research projects enable innovative practice.

All our hub leaders are teachers themselves who are developing their own practice. Some are Specialist Leaders in Education who work with Teaching Schools or support Initial Teacher Education Programmes, others work nationally supporting the teaching of RE.

A key strength of our project is that hub leaders are equipped through specialised training giving them skills and expertise. In addition our annual conference is a springboard for much of our work in schools, offering all those who attend the opportunity to hear national figures in the Religious Education.

Area 1: includes all schools in Cornwall, Devon, Plymouth and Torbay Schools

Ed Pawson is the Programme Lead for Area 1

LTLRE in Area 1 was launched in October 2012 through funding from the St Luke’s College Foundation . The funding means that the CPD enjoyed by increasing numbers of teachers is FREE to teachers of RE in state funded primary, secondary and special schools. In Area 1 we are now moving to a different model where a range of partners including SACREs, Diocese, Teaching Schools and MATs sponsor a hub and are looking for funding to subsidise our conference in Autumn 2018.

Quality Assurance

Area 1

Attendees have:

  • raised their expectations of what pupils can achieve in RE; (more so)
  • become more aware of how their teaching affects pupils’ learning and progress in RE;
  • been successful in implementing new teaching approaches;
  • acquired new subject knowledge. (less so)


  • The conference
  • New resources for RE which have had an impact on planning RE in the school
  • Encouragement
  • Story bags, Godly Play, Learning journeys, Reflect resources, Assessment, enquiry-based learning and world religions (Islam)
  • Links with other schools:
    Secondary building on pupils’ learning in primary
    Primary learn from the Sec subject expertise

Positive Impact on Learning:

  • Question cards, which encourage all children to participate in debates
  • The use of puppets to convey ideas
  • Pupils’ involvement in practical activities such as drama, godly play and creative story telling
  • Encouraging pupils to question and develop their own opinions
  • Improvements in pupils’ participation, response and enjoyment (which are good)

Positive impact on subject leadership:

  • Greater confidence
  • Improvements in their communication, as subject leader, with colleagues at school
  • (Plymouth hub) contact with the city’s Centre for Culture and Faith

Area 2: includes all schools in the areas of Bath and Wells Diocese, and Bristol Diocese, running from Minehead to Swindon. Ed Pawson is Programme Director for Area 2.

As a result of the positive evaluations received since the beginning of its work, the project has now received substantial funding from the Jerusalem Trust to extend its work into three other south western areas centred around the Dioceses of Bristol, Bath and Wells and Salisbury.

Quality Assurance

Area 2

Area 3: is developing out of an existing REC hub ‘the Dorset RE exchange’ and that this will expand to cover Wiltshire – for more details contact Nicola Coupe