Penny Smith-Orr has been an RE consultant for 17 years.
Currently working in Croydon, Sutton, Merton, Southwark and Kent. Also running courses for RE teachers and staff meetings in schools, and marking GCSE papers each summer for Edexcel.
Also a member of the Association of Religious Education Inspectors, Advisors and Consultants( AREIAC)
On these pages are some of the resources that will help with teaching RE.
I can also advise you on Collective Worship.
In maintained schools you should be using your locally Agreed syllabus, in Academies you can use the locally Agreed syllabus or one that you choose. All pupils must, by law, be taught religious education from the time they are registered in school until they leave.
In Croydon, Sutton, Merton and Southwark there are termly RE Coordinator network meetings for you to get ideas and meet up with other RE Coordinators.
I am also the chair of Faiths Together in Croydon
and have good contact with the leaders of the many faith communities in Croydon.
If you would like to visit a place of worship I can help with contacts.
FTiC exists to bring together the faith communities and help inform them of issues that are important to the citizens of Croydon.
Our next event is on the topic of Respect on may 24th at St Mary's High school.
On July 9th we will be holding our annual interfaith bike ride and picnic in Park Hill park. Contact me if you would like further details on these events or to be added to the list for our newsletter.
to discuss your needs as an RE Coordinator or if you are interested in joining a SACRE or coming to a faiths together event in Croydon.
The RE resource centre in Croydon is now located at St Jamess the Great RC Primary school Windsor Road CR7 8HJ for the Primary resources and Coloma High school (for the Secondary resources)
These are free to borrow and there are boxes of useful artefacts, books and DVDs as well as posters available
The information on how to contact them and the form to start borrowing is below;
"Going on a visit to the Mosque really helpd the pupils learning about islam"
"I really enjoyed the network meeting and the ideas discussed were really useful for me."
"Using the resource boxes of aretefacts really enhanced the learning about a religion and it's festivals."