grows theological literacy supported by local churches
- facilitates deeper understanding of the significance and impact of Christianity, and its core values on individuals and communities, locally and globally through contextual learning
- enables creative approaches to RE teaching and learning which enhance pupil engagement through linking thinking, learning and making
- harnessing the potential for churches to be used as creative learning spaces and as a resource for enquiry based RE learning
integrates a ‘values in action’ element into RE education:
- brings enquiry RE teaching and learning to life
- offers applied RE learning that inspires and motivates positive action
- releases the potential for RE to catalyse action positive change in the school community and beyond
offers direct engagement with overseas church links such as Diocesan Companions.
- For example modelled here is Diocese of London’s ALMA partnerships between churches and communities across London and Mozambique
- offers a global perspective for enquiry based RE and citizenship teaching
- transformational teaching and learning through encounter between UK pupils and Mozambican churches and communities.
- opportunities for schools to creatively engage in exploring ‘live’ relationships that model these core values, in western and non-western community contexts
creative enquiry process
- using the arts and teamwork and enables deeper engagement in exploring and reflecting on theology and its impact on individuals and communities
- affirms cultural identity through enabling engagement through shared creativity
develops leadership skills
- motivation and ideas to augment and develop an RE or Citizenship curriculum
- extending whole school curriculum and cross-curricular development work
- early consultation work will provide a natural context to mentor teachers in the use of the resources and their broader application, including in RE, SMSC and citizenship leadership.
- The virtues and values base of the project, taken alongside its spiritual, cultural and social content, provide for the natural outcome of ALMA: RE with soul to be a whole school project that informs school ethos and provides for SMSC learning across a whole school community, also engaging community partners
offers opportunities for overseas partnerships
- participation in established and stable relationships between dioceses in the UK and overseas (Diocesan Companions), for example the Diocese of London and its ALMA partners in the global south: Lebombo, Niassa and Angola
- partnership is embedded in local communities through their parish churches and is expressed in a variety of ways.
- RE with Soul resources enable enjoyment and enrichment that comes from a personal twinning relationship via their local church with the possibility of developing their own partnerships