Religious Education is now identified as a shortage subject as a growing number of pupils in schools opt for it. The growing emphasis on children's moral and spiritual education, the DfEE's hunt for new teachers, OFSTED's calls for improvement and reinforced links with philosophy have pushed the subject into the spotlight. Based on research and partnership with schools this book examines and explains :
* the role of Religious Education in the curriculum
* the role of spirituality in children's lives
* better teaching practice, giving practical examples.
'Rightly challenges the assumption that teachers know better than children how to behave because they are assumed to be "cleverer" and to have had more experience.' - Richard Nicholson, International Journal of Education and Religion
'It is an important work, and one that should be on initial teacher education reading lists.' - Linda Rudge, British Journal of Religious Education