St Mary's University
On Saturday 8th February 2020, it was standing room only in the Waldegrave Drawing Room at St Mary’s University for the much anticipated ATCRE first national conference. Over 150 Catholic educators attended.
The tone of the day was set by Mary Myatt, who challenged colleagues to have a sense of humility around the curriculum and privilege thinking over task completion. She urged delegates to continue to ensure that the Religious Education curriculum provides stretch and challenge for all students, a message reinforced by Bishop Alan Williams SM, who reflected on the deployment of models and images to make the complex accessible. Michael Merrick gave an impassioned presentation around a Catholic curriculum model leaving delegates with much food for thought and Philip Robinson, provided a comprehensive update on the Religious Education Curriculum Directory revision, with ATCRE leading on the teacher consultation aspect of this.
The conference concluded on a high note and delegates left confident in the knowledge that this was just the beginning of something that will continue to gather momentum and grow over time. These few hours renewed and strengthened delegates in their commitment to their critical roles in supporting the mission of the Church in Catholic education.
Catherine Bryan - Assistant Director (Education), Catholic Education Service
PDF’s produced from the amazing 2020 ATCRE contributors below. We have made more and more free content available to support teachers and schools, so please browse and use anything you think you might enjoy. We look forward to seeing you at next years ATCRE Conference 2021!