Training for Schools

I would recommend that all schools take advantage of this excellent resource.” – Liam Murtagh, Headteacher, Dr Thomlinson C of E Middle School

The RRC offers a range of training for schools, including:




Teaching Christianity as a World Faith

Church schools will be aware that the SIAMS inspection framework (April 2018) Strand 7 asks:

  • In developing effective religious education….. How well does RE help pupils to know about and understand Christianity as a living world faith through the exploration of core theological concepts using an approach that critically engages with text?
  • How well does RE help pupils consider the impact and connection that Christianity has on Britain’s cultural heritage and the lives of people worldwide?’

‘Teaching about Christianity as a World Faith in RE’ is a 90-minute twilight course led by Chris Hudson that covers:

  • Current data about the global spread and diverse character of World Christianity
  • Key World Christian beliefs
  • Teaching ideas using examples from the World Church to help you explain how Christians understand and live out their faith today (Church buildings, symbols, festivals, artwork, music, community celebrations, relevant texts from the Bible…)

Although course content is designed for primary school staff, senior schools may also find this useful. All those attending will receive free related teaching resources, accredited for use with the Understanding Christianity programme.

The course will run at Church House, Percy Main on 17th March 4:30-6:00 pm and at Cuthbert House, Durham on 6th October 4:30-6:00 pm

The course is FREE for RRC members (each person attending must be a member) and £50 for non-members

Places are limited so early booking is recommended. To book, contact the RRC: 0191 375 0586 or

Chris Hudson works for Barnabas in Schools (part of the work of BRF, a Christian charity.) He represents the Diocese of Newcastle on Northumberland and North Tyneside SACREs and has provided INSET/CPD both for these and other teaching networks, individual schools and academies. He also serves as a Foundation Governor in a local school.


Pupil Experiences

Each Pupil Experience is designed to support the needs of schools and students. Whilst the experience has a general, tried and tested pattern, following consultation with school leaders, each can be adjusted to meet the particular needs of an individual school.

ambassador picPupil RE Ambassador Experience

The RE Ambassador Experience is designed to increase student engagement with RE. It will develop student confidence in the subject, encourage student leadership and the articulation of the student voice.

Following consultation with the school to identify key aims and areas of interest, students will be able to research and engage with resources around the themes and topics that will support RE in their school. The experience will begin with an exploration of the significance of, and relevance to, RE in their school community and then move into the areas nominated by the school and students.



Collective Worship Student Leader Training

This experience is designed to increase student engagement with Collective Worship. It will develop their confidence, encourage student leadership and allow the articulation of the student voice.

stmarysThe discussion was animated, well led and empowered the pupils. Once trained, the pupils worked independently to plan a single act of collective worship, which they delivered to an audience of teachers and staff at Church House. The following day the pupils led the whole school in worship, using the plan which they had developed. They are now writing and expanding their initial plan to cover a three year period.

– Tony Palmer, Headteacher, St Mary’s C of E Middle School, Belford.

Students will learn about the legal status of Collective Worship, how it contributes to, and strengthens, their school ethos. They will be encouraged to design and create a one year Collective Worship Scheme for the whole school. They will be given training and resources to enable them to independently create and deliver an act of worship to their peers.


Age range: Year 6 and up

Maximum number of student participants: 12

£150 for a 3 hour experience including all training, an allocated classroom for the use of the pupils and refreshments during the session. Lunch may be arranged for an additional cost per person.

All sessions are led by fully qualified teachers and RE subject specialists with the appropriate safeguarding checks in place.

If you would like to book a pupil experience, please do so via our contact form.


Remembrance First World War Workshops

Take part in a whole group exploration of remembrance, delivered by the DLI in conjunction with the RRC.
How do we remember those who have died, as Christians and other faiths? How did this change during and after ‘The Great War’?

  • Why remember? Students use extracts from faith texts to explore responses to conflict.
  • People and war: discover what communities did to remember lost soldiers both at home and on the battlefront.
  • Use of poppies to remember: explore through discussion and activities
  • Design and create: The students create their own poppies.
  • Discuss: ‘Why do we need to remember the fallen?’ – how we do this in an inclusive way.
  • For more information or to book, contact Naomi Beeley or Carolyn Waterworth on or 03000 266668 / 03000 266635

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