Jane Brooke has taught RE for over 20 years and taught pupils aged 3 to 18 years. She worked for CEM (now RE Today Services) for five years and in local authorities for over ten years as RE Adviser, senior Curriculum Adviser and Principal Secondary Improvement Adviser. She trained as an Ofsted inspector (RE, Maths, PSHCE) and SIAS inspector and still carries out Church School Inspections. Jane was chair of NASACRE for two years and the English representative on EFTRE (European Forum for Teachers of Religious Education) for nine years. She was RE Project Development Officer for three years for the National Society. She has led RE INSET nationally and internationally and is currently an independent consultant working for schools and Local Authorities as a School Improvement Partner, and for Chester Diocese, where she is a Canon, as Principal Consultant. She is a project manager for the RE Quality Mark and a sub-editor for RE Today.
The RE Teacher's Survival Guide: A practical guide to teaching RE in primary schools, by Jane Brooke (BRF, GBP6.99), provides a wealth of material for a teacher thrust into subject leadership in a primary school. (It invariably comes as a surprise to well-paid heads of department in secondary schools that their primary colleagues have to take on subject leadership unremunerated. Indeed, it is not unusual, in small primary schools, for a teacher to have to take on more than one subject.) Thankfully, Brooke's comprehensive guidance to RE subject-leaders in a primary school answers all the likely questions. What are the pitfalls? How can you assess spiritual development? What if my teaching colleagues are negative towards the subject? How can I avoid offending Muslims and Hindus? What about a report to the governors? This is the stuff of sleepless nights. Worry not, this jargon-free guidance will give you all the help you need. Church Times Education feature, June 2014