Hethersett CE VC Primary School has been awarded a Gold RE Quality Mark in recognition for the quality of teaching and learning in Religious Education.
The REQM celebrating outstanding practice in the study of religion and worldviews, particularly those schools which are providing their learners with authentic experiences and contributing to whole school outcomes. This prestigious award is held by only three other schools in Norfolk and comes as the school reaches the end of a two-year project introducing a new Religion & Worldviews curriculum. Assessors praised the school as "a beacon school for excellence in RE, with a local and national energy for the subject ". Children spoke of their love of the subject and how they would like "more RE than one hour per week as 'we always have more to talk about than the lesson allows for".
Started in 2012, the REQM is supported by the RE Council of England and Wales to recognise and celebrate the quality of RE nationally. Schools undertaking the award measure their effectiveness in 29 areas of Learning, Curriculum, Teaching and Leadership. This is then externally assessed by a moderator who visits the school (by video call) and makes a final judgement
Matthew Lane, lead for Religion & Worldviews in the school said, "this is a remarkable award for the school celebrating the great efforts of staff and students over the last two years. Our innovative curriculum is built upon the latest in educational research with students studying the disciplines of theology, philosophy and the social sciences as part of their learning. Our curriculum celebrates the Christian distinctiveness of our school as well as promoting diversity and curiosity about the wider world."
The school's innovative curriculum has been shared in national and international publications and podcasts, garnering praise from academics and education professionals. Staff plan to share their experiences in further publications.