Primary RE SLEs
We currently have three RE SLEs who support our schools in a variety of ways including the following;
- Support for teachers with regards to the planning and delivery of the Come and See programme
- Working with schools to review and revise their provision within RE, Catholic Life and Collective Worship.
- Assisting schools with areas for development relating to their most recent Diocesan Canonical Inspection.
- Supporting RE subject leaders with respect to their role, providing further resources, guidance and expertise.
Schools are invited to contact the Primary RE adviser directly to request support using a support request form below. Please also see below some further information with regards to the RE SLEs and support provided.
Primary RE SLEs
Subject Leader for RE
Primary School: St Patrick’s, Mansfield
As an experienced RE Subject Leader, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Primary School in Mansfield, my view of the place of RE in the Catholic school is that it is the fabric of Catholic Life for the whole school and parish community and therefore central to all we do. With such value comes a need for high quality knowledge, understanding, experience, advice and passion.
I have worked as the RE Lead in school for over ten years and as one of the Lead Teachers for the past few years, supporting David and a plethora of colleagues, both formally and informally, in the development and implementation of a wide range of resources and initiatives. I have a broad experience of Come and See, since its trial and introduction across the Diocese in 2012, and have supported colleagues with planning, resourcing and empowering pupils to own their next steps in learning.
As a member of the Assessment Working Party, I have contributed to the ever-evolving assessment systems, in order to keep up-to-date with new methods and maintain similar links between the assessment of RE and that of the other core subjects.
My experience as a catechist in my home parish of St. Philip Neri, Mansfield and, many years ago, as a member of the Briars team, continues to ensure my enthusiasm for vibrant creativity in collective worship, learning and enjoyment in RE. Enabling pupils to feel confident in their spiritual identity and enjoyment on their journey in faith is a true passion. I feel it is our role as Catholic educators to ensure that our children experience a broad range of faith encounters, both academically and spiritually, in order for them to deepen their faith and to enhance that feeling with scriptural and catechetical knowledge and expertise.
As an SLE, I hope to continue to support pupils, staff and schools across the Nottingham Diocese in ensuring that high expectations, standards and outcomes are aspired to and attained, through the passionate delivery of and commitment to the teaching, learning and experience of our rich and varied RE Curriculum.
Assistant Headteacher and Subject Leader for RE
Primary School: St John Fisher, Derby
I joined St John Fisher Catholic Voluntary Academy initially as the Year 6 class teacher and I am now Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for Teaching and Learning across the school.More specifically, I am Subject Leader for RE and for English.
I have been an RE subject leader at varying stages of my teaching career since 2001 and a significant aspect of my current role is coaching and mentoring newly and recently qualified teachers. I have supported staff with the implementation of a range of developments in the RE Curriculum and Assessment such as the introduction of the ‘Come and See’ scheme and assessment tasks. This has involved whole school INSET and working alongside individual teachers and phase groups.
I regularly work with staff to develop teaching and learning in RE, providing support with planning, modelling lessons and assisting with the delivery of RE, improving children’s self-assessment and assessment for learning.
I am very approachable and I will always take the time to listen to any concerns or issues, and work with colleagues to overcome these.
Linking my subject leadership roles, I have worked on a more creative approach to the curriculum and have developed a book-based, integrated curriculum across KS2 which includes RE based units for Advent / Christmas, Lent / Easter and the Universal Church. These relate the class book (such as The Selfish Giant; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Mr Stink) to the Come and See units and are established on a dialogic pedagogy that encourages in-depth discussions between the children.
I look forward to sharing my expertise and experience with colleagues and enabling them to avail of additional resources and initiatives through the RE SLE process.
RE Subject Leader
Primary School: St Norbert’s, Spalding
I have been working in the Nottingham Diocese for just over 10 years, and have been the RE Subject Leader at St Norbert’s Spalding for 6 years.
During this time I have worked on improving all aspects of RE, Collective Worship and Catholic life.I regularly attend RE Subject leader meetings in either Mackworth or Lincoln to ensure that I am up to date with current practise, policy and initiatives.I have a passion for teaching RE and supporting others in helping to plant seeds of faith for future generations.
My areas of expertise in RE are planning and teaching of RE and Collective Worships.RE can be taught in many creative and inspiring ways, yet still contain depth and challenge for the children.In Collective Worship I always aim to plan and deliver liturgies that are inspiring and empower the children to take their faith out into the community, through applying challenging but achievable missions.
Regardless of distance I am willing to support any schools within our Diocese to raise standards and deepen the faith for all our children and practitioners.