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Barnet and Enfield Sacre:
Faith Ambassadors in Schools: Encounters & Understandings

What we achieved so far:

March 2016

It has been a very exciting experience & already a number of other groups have asked for copies of the outline & planning. In Barnet after discussing the progress of the project two more schools (one primary & a linked secondary) have decided to meet up in March 2016 to plan a parallel project.

They are hoping to use the SSAT student leadership accreditation. In Enfield the sessions are planned to take place in the next few weeks.
Once the project has been completed I will be including comments from the pupils’ reflective diaries.  From the session last week they said that they now appreciated much more how difficult planning & teaching was & they also really enjoyed being teachers themselves. They were very nervous but enjoyed the experience. The primary school pupils listened well & asked some very perceptive & challenging questions.

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June 2016

It has been a very exciting experience & already a number of other groups have asked for copies of the outline planning. In Barnet after discussing the progress of the project two more schools (one primary & a linked secondary) have decided to meet up in March 2016 to plan a parallel project.

They are hoping to use the SSAT student leadership accreditation.

The students said that they now appreciated much more how difficult planning & teaching was & they also really enjoyed being teachers themselves. They were very nervous but enjoyed the experience. The primary school pupils listened well & asked some very perceptive & challenging questions.

Strong links have been forged with SACRE & the participating schools & the religious communities they represent.

Barnet & Enfield are fortunate to have such rich resources in term of diverse faith communities & this has proved to be a positive way of celebrating & sharing the knowledge & understanding of the pupils with their linked primary schools.

The framework was important as this can be widely shared after the project has been comnpleted.



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Please take a look at some examples of our presentations:

Barnet and Enfield Sacre Cool Christianity Faith Ambassadors Project.pdf

Barnet and Enfield Sacre Mosque Presentation.pdf

Barnet and Enfield Sacre R.E. Project.pdf

Barnet and Enfield Sacre We are Hindus Presentation.pdf

Barnet and Enfield Sacre MY FAITH RELIGION PROJECT tyhan.pdf


Quote from Mrs Theodorou (Year 4 Teacher) at Firs Farm Primary School:

Visited by the Hindu Faith Ambassadors

“The two girls were AMAZING! They must have worked so hard to put their presentations together; they delivered it so well. It was informative and both girls had such a pleasant manner about them. They really impressed me. Their teacher was lovely too. She said she was impressed with our children’s subject knowledge; I must say some of their questions were really impressive! Thanks!”

Quote from Mrs Spencer (Year 1 Teacher) at Firs Farm primary School:

Visited by the Muslim Faith Ambassadors

“The three students that visited 1SR were polite and friendly. They had clearly taken time to produce a ‘child’ friendly Presentation that would hold the children’s attention and interest in year 1. The two presenting (one was in charge of the computer), spoke clearly and enthusiastically, asking questions all the way through e.g. What do you think this is? How would Muslims use it? The slides were bright and colourful with lots of pictures with large easy text for the children to read. Furthermore, the presentation was interactive; children were given the opportunity to feel artefacts and prayer mats were passed around and children were invited to embrace eachother, the way a Muslims do on Eid day. Some children were invited to the front to try on Islamic clothing! The whole thing was well timed and pacy. We look forward to welcoming them again soon! A great project!”

Quote from Koko Ikoloh, Religious Education Subject Leader at Highfield School

"The Faith Ambassadors delivered their presentations in a very confident manner and interacted with the children appropriately. The presentations were well planned and there were opportunities for children to participate and handle artefacts. The content of the presentations was at the right level and the length and pace of the lessons was good. The children who presented worked well together. Without exception the Faith Ambassadors were knowledgeable and committed to delivering high quality, and enjoyable lessons. They answered questions appropriately and the fact that they were able to talk about what they as individuals believed and what they did in their families helped to bring RE learning to life. This I believe is a strength of the project, as well as the fact that my pupils were relating to experts not much older than themselves. Importantly my children were engaged, had fun and extended their learning."

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