Who are the Young Ambassadors for RE in 2017?
We are delighted to announce that the following school teams will continue as Young Ambassadors for RE in 2016. Further teams will be added during the course of the year; application details are available here.
- Broughton High School, Preston
- Perins School, Hampshire
- The Redhill Academy, Nottingham
- The Venerable Bede CE Academy, Sunderland
- Ysgol Aberconwy, North Wales
- Queen Katherine School Kendal, Cumbria
- Tring School, Hertfordshire
- The St Lawrence Academy, Scunthorpe
The teams’ submissions included a range of essays, images and video clips, and there were some powerful themes including the uniqueness of each person, the connections between beliefs and actions, stereotyping in the media, and the possibility that - whether we are religious or not - we might just make a better world if we try to understand each other. Inspiring stuff!
Their applications were inspiring, thoughtful, relevant and well informed. Their MPs should be very proud of them!
The Broughton team are keen to ask the big questions:
'One thing we have learnt in RE is that human existence is complicated; life is often difficult and challenging. However, learning about and from one another’s different beliefs and values is a great support system for life... If we have any hope of understanding our world we must try to understand the religious communities and belief systems that it is built on. In our RE lessons we not only learn about the beliefs and values of the world’s religions, we also ask questions about how this affects us and our lives: How can we decide what is true? Can life ever be perfect? Is religion a source of conflict or force for peace? Is human life special?'
If you can handle the high octane sound track, then the Perins School entry makes some clear arguments for RE and society, and RE and the individual:
'RE is important for our society in Britain which is becoming ever more diverse...if we don’t learn about other cultures and beliefs there is always the possibility that we’ll become prejudiced towards other people, or have stereotypes about their cultures and what they really believe in... It's also a really good way of looking at your beliefs yourself and formulating what you think...'
The Redhill team's video is filled with projects they have taken up - visiting primary schools and running a lunch time philosophy club - and they don’t just want to just churn out the stereotypical answers...
The team from St Bede’s Inter-church School have made a polished and professional looking video that is an inspiration! Congratulations to this team for their creativity and hard work.
'We need to respect ourselves'
says one of the team from The Venerable Bede CE Academy: Their online noticeboard show us that RE is not just about respecting others, but respecting others can help us respect who we are.
Students from Ysgol Aberconwy recognise the link between different religious and non-religious worldviews, and society more broadly:
Religious Education teaches you that different religions can share similar values... Everyone single human has values and beliefs and it is important to understand these and allow people express their beliefs freely. By learning about each other's beliefs and values, and our actions and attitudes towards, for example, foods, dress code and social etiquette, we can increase our knowledge understanding, and prevent disagreements which lead to conflict within society.
Students from Queen Katherine School have put together this wonderful 'padlet' of ideas where they discuss why it is important to learn about other people's beliefs and values.
[Religious Education] is important because many people have different ways of living their lives to us and we need to be able to respect that. When we learn about others' beliefs and values, we become more understanding, less discriminatory and kinder people.
Students from St Lawrence Academy submitted a video for their application, where they discussed what their own faiths and beliefs meant to them, and demonstrated some of their religious practices. They came together at the end of the video for a debate about religious education and why it is important to learn about each other's beliefs and values.