A report published by Glasgow City Council and the Scottish Catholic Education Service has highlighted some very effective practice in the teaching of religious education in Catholic primary schools in Glasgow.
During visits to four schools, review teams observed lessons at various stages, and talked to headteachers, teachers and children.They were impressed by children who were motivated and enthusiastic and demonstrated secure values and beliefs while also showing respect for others.
They were also impressed by teachers who were models of professionalism and of faith and by headteachers who gave priority to the importance of pupils enjoying stimulating learning experiences through religious education and in other activities, such as prayer and reflection, inspired by faith.
Michael McGrath, Director of the Scottish Catholic Education Service, said: “This report provides good news about the quality of religious education in these schools and offers encouragement to all teachers who wish to provide rich learning experiences for young people.It points the way ahead, as schools continue to build the curriculum, to encourage Catholic schools to place religious education at the heart of the learning experience.”
The report was launched at a Showcase of Good Practice in Primary R.E., held in the Curial Offices of the Archdiocese of Glasgow on Tuesday 19th May. Participants included teachers, staff from other councils Diocesan representatives. The event was opened by Archbishop Mario Conti and introduced by Maureen McKenna, Service Director: Education in Glasgow City Council, and Michael McGrath, Director of the Scottish Catholic Education Service.
Links to the report and to three PowerPoint presentations which were used at the event are provided below.