The Religious Education Resources Project began in September 2002 as an initiative by the Revd. Keith Underhill and the Methodist Church to support the growing requests from schools for assistance with Christian RE. The Project has successfully worked with 29 primary schools in Redbridge to provide lessons, assemblies, Godly Play, Church visits and other activities. It is a free resource for Redbridge schools and aims, from a Christian perspective, to support teachers as they deliver the RE curriculum and to provide them with additional resources to enrich learning.
Work of the RERP is funded by the Barking, Dagenham and Ilford Methodist Church Circuit and a grant from the Methodist Church London District. One key worker is employed, Carol Dawson, who is supported by a Management Committee made up of members and clergy from the Circuit. Annual Reports are available on request. Find out how you can support the Project and allow its work to continue in local schools by visiting RERP website.
Hi, I’m Carol Dawson. I have over 35 years’ experience working with children in the Methodist Church and uniformed organisations as well as several years working within a Redbridge Primary school. I hold a BA (Hons) in Humanities (RE and Art History) and an MA in Religious Studies. I am aware that it is a great privilege to share questions of faith with children and explore the wider themes of the RE curriculum such as story and wonder. I love chatting with children and listening to their own experiences of faith.
Aims and Intent
"To provide high quality advice, resources and training for school staff, pupils and governors in the field of religious education in local schools and from the perspective of the Christian faith community."
Each classroom session aims not only to deliver an interactive and informative activity for the children but also provide teachers with ideas to develop or continue the topic. Therefore it is a requirement of booking that teachers are in attendance and interact with each session.
It aims to:-
Support the teaching of Christianity within the RE Curriculum.
Deliver RE lessons on Christianity alongside teachers.
Lead Godly Play sessions.
Take assemblies or lead collective worship in schools.
Be involved in schools visits to Methodist churches.
Establish working relations ships with Headteachers, heads of RE and bodies working within Religious Education.
Provide INSET on Christianity and Godly Play.
Offer input for schools on the Curriculum units on Christianity.