The Coopers' Company and Coborn School


We have been very much at the forefront of national developments in Religious Education in recent years. This has involved us in assessment discussions for KS3, exam reform at GCSE and A level, video-conferencing with the Face to Faith Foundation, and initial teacher training. Two colleagues have been involved in the current rewriting of the joint Havering and Redbridge Agreed Syllabus, and have experience of examining for both AQA and Edexcel at GCSE and A-level. One colleague is Chair of the NATRE Executive and Steering Group. Since 2008 we have taught Philosophy for Children as a discrete subject within year 7 and 8. We have 2 Farmington Fellows, and research links with IoE, Warwick, and Goldsmiths, University of London. In  2013 we were awarded both the Hockerill Prize for Innovation in Religious Education, and the TES Humanities Prize, for work on dialogue, especially within an inter-faith context.

Our aims are in line with the REC RE Review, to provoke challenging questions about meaning and purpose in life, beliefs about God, ultimate reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. Pupils learn about and from religions and worldviews in local, national and global contexts, to discover, explore and consider different answers to these questions. We aim to equip pupils with systematic knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and worldviews, enabling them to develop their ideas, values and identities.

A real strength of our department lies in the regular and systematic developing of dialogue skills, in P4C, RE and also in out of the classroom experiences, so that they can participate positively in our diverse society. Understanding, interpretation and evaluation of texts, sources of wisdom and authority and other evidence is key. We aim to develop students capable of articulating clearly and coherently their personal beliefs, ideas, values and experiences, while respecting the right of others to differ.