CONFERENCES AND COURSES
RE Today supports collective worship and the work of the Professional Council for Religious Education. Primary courses include: Improving learning in RE, Birmingham, April 6; RE and spiritual development, Luton, June 20; RE in the foundation stage, central London, June 27. Secondary courses include: Framework for assessment (aimed at teachers and heads of department), central London, March 26, and Newcastle, June 29. Fee per course: pound;185; pound;150 subscribers. A subsidised course on meeting the need for special RE in KS3 will run in central London, June 28.
Tel: 0121 472 4242 www.retoday.org.uk
Ruth Kelly, secretary of state for education, is among the speakers at the National Catholic Education Conference at Regents Park Marriott Hotel, London W1, on May 18. The theme will be "Church and Government: shared interests?" Other speakers include Edwin Regan, Bishop of Wrexham, and Father Michael Holman, provincial of the British Jesuits. Fee: pound;195.
Tel: 020 7901 4880 www.cesew.org.uk
Osiris Educational is running courses on embedding ICT in RE in Manchester, June 13; London, June 14; and Leeds, June 19. It will explore how to achieve Ofsted's standards giving example lessons of outstanding practice and covers 10 practical applications such as digital cameras and whiteboards, the top 20 RE resources in ICT (such as free web resources, BBC and Channel 4 and school-licensed software), and how to get funding.
Fee: pound;225 plus VAT.
Freephone 0808 1605160 Tel: 01256 353678 www.osiriseducational.co.uk
"1,001 Inventions: Discover the Muslim Heritage in our World"
began a UK-wide tour at the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry on March 8. Split into seven zones - home, school, market, hospital, town, world and universe - the project emphasises how ancient Islamic scholars, working harmoniously alongside people of different faiths across continents, made extensive scientific contributions. These include the camera, flying with wings, and navigation devices. Secondary teachers'
packs are available.
For its Art in Heaven competition sponsored by the Westhill Trust and Christian Aid, the Professional Council for Religious Education invites pupils aged 5 to 18 to create art on selected themes ("Spiritual life", "A just world", "The turning point of the story" and "A day to remember") to be submitted by July 31. The use of ICT is encouraged.
Tel: 0121 472 4242 Details and past winners' gallery at www.pcfre.org.ukspiritedarts