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An annual service agreement between our family of schools and the Guildford Diocesan Board of Education.

EsLA 2020-21

EsLA 2021-22


Understanding Christianity

Understanding Christianity

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Booking closes for this training programme two weeks prior to the dates advertised.  This is to allow sufficient time to order Understanding Christianity Resource packs.

The price for the training includes all the materials used during the sessions, with over £200 of high-quality commercial resources, as well as access to online resources, including learning activities for pupils.

In order for schools to make best use of these resources, the Diocese of Guildford will be offering several training ‘encounters’, with activities for participants to undertake between the sessions. 

Training Programme Understanding Christianity is being delivered in cohorts. The content is adapted to suit the time of year in which the cohort is being trained. Therefore the expectation is that delegates will not move between cohorts.

The training should be accessed by RE subject leaders. Schools may wish to send additional teachers and the fee for additional teachers is at a reduced rate. There will be additional twilight events for RE subject leaders which will address how to use the Understanding Christianity materials alongside the RE syllabus being used in their school.

The training will consider:

  • the background and impetus behind the Understanding Christianity project, and the ways in which it is designed to support excellent teaching and learning;
  • the key elements in the resource (including theological approaches) and how it moves pupils through the cycle of ‘text – impact – connections’;
  • how this resource fits with your school’s syllabus for RE and enables pupils to make good progress in RE.

The Understanding Christianity materials are produced by RE Today, in conjunction with the Church of England Education Office. The materials are intended to support teachers in all schools in teaching about Christianity in Religious Education. The publishers say that the materials are not designed a syllabus or a scheme of work, but should be used as a resource to support the delivery of a Diocesan or locally agreed syllabus.

This resource is suitable for VA, VC, Community and Independent Schools.

How might it benefit your school?

Understanding Christianity offers a coherent and comprehensive (but not exhaustive) resource for teaching about Christianity, including:

  • a theological and conceptual approach, taking seriously Christian accounts of the ‘big story’ of salvation and the relationship of the reader/pupil to these texts. This approach mirrors the ‘big ideas’ model that schools are already familiar with, and is recommended in the new SIAMS inspection framework;
  • a clear outline of core knowledge ‘building blocks’ in relation to Christianity, to enable teachers to see what pupils should know, understand and be able to do;
  • a teaching and learning approach to enable pupils to move from an understanding of the Biblical text and how to handle it, to an understanding of what this means for Christians within the Church and in Christian living, including opportunities for pupils to examine and evaluate connections between these ideas and the wider world.