What is the Religious Education Council (REC)?
The REC is an umbrella organisation made up of member bodies which support its aims. The REC does not have individual members; however anybody is welcome to subscribe to the REC e-newsletter free of charge.
Which bodies can become REC members?
Member bodies should:
1. Support the vision, values and aims of the REC and be actively involved themselves in supporting and promoting religious education in schools, colleges and universities
Vision: Every young person experiences a personally inspiring and academically rigorous education in religious and non-religious worldviews
Values: The REC seeks to work in a way that embodies values of cooperation, collaboration, openness, mutual respect and critical engagement
Aims: Working with and through its member bodies to encourage commonality of purpose and a coherent approach to the support, development and practice of RE, the RE Council seeks to:
- Act as a forum for national bodies (professional associations and organisations concerned with religious and non-religious beliefs) which share matters of common concern in promoting the highest possible standards of RE in schools, colleges and universities
- Be a clear national voice for RE: for advocacy, support and improvement of RE
- Influence policy and liaise proactively with government and other national and international bodies on matters related to Religious Education
- Promote a clear, positive image and public understanding of RE
- Represent at a strategic level the collective interests of its member bodies in relation to RE
- Provide a means of communication between member bodies, offering opportunities to share ideas, learn from each other and engage in joint initiatives
2. Have a national remit. A member body has to be active at a national (England/Wales/UK wide) level because the REC seeks to influence policy and secure provision in RE country-wide rather than purely locally or regionally.
3. Have a chief executive officer or equivalent which, in the case of organisations which don’t have a CEO, would be the Chair of the Governing Body.
4. Have a governing body. Member organisations need to be run in a way that demonstrates principles of accountability and transparency in their decision making processes. This will mean they have a governing body or board of trustees or directors; the name is unimportant so long as the requirement for open governance is met.
5. Have a written constitution or equivalent. This is a requirement for the same reason as (4), that of openness and adherence to clear standards of accountability. A copy should be included along with any application for membership.
6. Have a commitment to and be actively involved in the support and promotion of RE in schools, colleges and universities. The REC’s engagement with religious education is developed in the context of early years, primary, secondary, further and higher education and training.
7. Subscribe to the principles for RE reflected in the RE Council's Non-Statutory Framework for RE 2013 or the Welsh Government’s National Exemplar Framework for Religious Education, and the REC's Practice Code for Teachers of RE.
8. Be independent bodies. REC member bodies are required to be independently constituted, that is, they need to be self-governing rather than departments or sections of a larger body which has control over their affairs.
9. Satisfy the REC’s Board at its meeting and the Council at a general meeting that the membership criteria are met and that it is in the interest of the charity to accept the applicant into membership.
10. Pay an annual subscription. Currently the subscription is charged at a minimum of £99.00 per year.
11. Sign a register to confirm that the organisation meets these criteria and agrees to the principles set out above.