TT427: Ever Increasing Circles

“When you drop a pebble into a pond, ripples spread out, changing all the water in the pool. The ripples hit the shore and rebound, bumping into one another, breaking each other apart. In some small way, the pond is never the same again.” ( Neal Shusterman)

When I took on the hub leader role for Learn, Teach Lead RE Wirral group (LTLRE) I had no idea of the effect it would have on me or on the colleagues I worked with.

I am in the privileged position of being the RE subject leader in a church school where CPD was provided by the diocese and an RE advisor was at the end of the phone if I needed support. We already had a well established network of local Anglican schools which worked together to explore planning, teaching, assessment, moderation etc.

I soon discovered that this wasn’t the case in all of our Wirral schools as I responded to the cry, “Help I’m the RE subject leader!”

In taking on this role I was able to be ‘the pebble in the pond’ and my study has explored some of the reasons why RE subject leaders are struggling to find support and how the LTLRE group has produced ‘ripples’ which have been mutually effective in supporting Wirral RE teachers both in the classroom and beyond.