Authority in RE

Date: Monday 24 May

Time: 09.45 - 16:00 (arrival from 09.15)

The 2021 annual NASACRE conference and AGM will be held on Monday 24th May. This will be a virtual conference.

Our theme for our conference is Authority in RE. The conference will run from 09:45 - 16:00 (with several little breaks!) on Zoom. The programme for the conference can be found here.

We are excited to share that Dr Richard Kueh and Professor Denise Cush will be giving our keynote addresses. Delegates will also have the opportunity to attend two workshops.

Richard Kueh is Ofsted’s subject lead for religious education. A qualified teacher, he holds Masters degrees in Theology and Religious Studies, a Doctorate in Philosophy and a PGCE. Before joining Ofsted, Richard taught in maintained schools, independent schools and universities. He has senior experience as director of a regional school improvement partnership, director of teacher training and development for a multi-academy trust, deputy headteacher of a secondary school and associate headteacher of a primary school. Richard’s areas of expertise include curriculum, assessment, teacher development, inclusion and initial teacher education.

Denise Cush (BA Oxford, MA Lancaster, PhD Warwick) is currently Professor of Religion and Education at Bath Spa University. She has taught Religious Studies in a sixth form college, trained both primary and secondary teachers in Religious Education, and taught Study of Religions at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Until recently she was Head of the Department of Study of Religions (now Religions, Philosophy and Ethics) at Bath Spa. She is deputy editor of the British Journal of Religious Education, a major international journal. In addition to RE, her teaching and research interests include Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity and alternative spiritualities such as Paganism.

Conference charges
We’re going to make a charge for our conference this year, even though it’s virtual, as we need to cover our speakers and workshop leaders, as well as extra administrators to help us run such a large meeting.

Going virtual means we can open up our conference to more delegates, as well as radically cutting the usual cost of £110 for attendance. We are limiting places at the conference to a maximum of 4 delegates from any SACRE. Booking will close on Friday 14 May 2021 at 5pm.

Subscribing SACRE:

  • 1 delegate £30
  • 2 delegates £40
  • Up to 4 delegates £60

Non-subscribing SACRE:

  • £60 per person up to 4 delegates


Executive elections

SACREs in paid-up membership are invited to nominate candidates for roles on the NASACRE Executive. We have vacancies for 3 Exec members and the Vice-Chair. These are active roles requiring a commitment of time and energy. Executive members are primarily in role to support the work of NASACRE and SACREs, not to represent a specific SACRE or faith group. For the Exec vacancies, we require people who have skills to support communications, conference organisation and development.

The Vice-Chair is a key role, leading after 2 years to the NASACRE Chair. Having not appointed in 2020, it is essential that we elect somebody this year or we may not have a Chair in future! Please think carefully whether there is someone you might nominate from your SACRE.

Nomination forms and further details are here. Nominations must be submitted by 5pm on Friday 14 May secretary@nasacre.org.uk