RE Hubs

Exciting opportunity

The Education Department at the Diocese of Gloucester is looking to allocate new RE Hub leaders in some of its deanery areas.  This is an opportunity for RE Subject Leaders to develop their leadership skills across a network of schools.

What is an RE Hub Leader?

RE Hub Leaders are excellent RE practitioners who are committed to keeping their skills and knowledge up-to-date and to supporting colleagues. They organise and facilitate hub meetings for the schools in their deanery three times a year and in preparation for these they attend three days of training, provided by the Diocesan Education Department free of charge and with supply and transport costs provided.

When would it start?

Initially the opportunity is for one academic year, 2018-2019 and then it will be reviewed annually. Letters of interest can be submitted any time up to the deadline of 13 September 2018.

Where are the opportunities?

We have vacancies in the following deanery groups; the Stroud Deanery, the Wotton Deanery, the Cirencester Deanery, the Forest South Deanery and the Wotton South Deanery (specifically for schools who are required to follow the South Glos syllabus). We are welcoming expressions of interest from teachers in any of the schools in these deaneries. To see if your school is in one of these areas, please check  Deanery schools needing an RE Hub Leader

What do RE Hub Leaders have to do?

  • take on the role of Hub Leader for a period of one year
  • be quality assured by the diocese during the year to inform potential renewal of the partnership agreement
  • attend all diocesan training days
  • organise, prepare and deliver three hub meetings per academic year
  • agree dates in advance for hub meetings and communicate to schools, with draft agenda
  • record minutes of hub meetings and reflect on impact of network meetings to improve teaching of RE
  • create a positive climate where ideas are shared and valued
  • encourage networked schools to offer agenda items and share good practice
  • keep up-to-date with local and national RE priorities and initiatives and disseminate to network colleagues
  • collect, collate, evaluate and present examples of good practice in RE teaching and learning to share online with colleagues via the Diocese of Gloucester website
  • provide a pen portrait and contact details for the diocesan website
  • provide regular communications, minutes and updates to RE Hubs Facilitator

How do I apply?

Teachers are asked to send a letter of interest to by 13 September 2018.  This should include details of your RE teaching experiences and strengths, why you would like to take on this role and confirmation of the support of your head teacher.

Interested applicants should note that prior to these roles being allocated, members of the diocesan team will visit and meet with the RE teacher, observe an RE lesson, and speak to pupils and the head teacher. Each deanery has been allocated a specific date for this so please ensure you would be available on that day.

  • Wotton Deanery, 26.9.18
  • Cirencester, 20.9.18
  • Forest South Deanery, 28.9.18
  • Wotton South, 27.9.18
  • Stroud Deanery, 24.9.18


The first training day for RE Hub leaders is October 4th from 9.00am – 3.30pm so it is important you would be available for that date too.

Prior to the commencement of the role, successful applicants and their schools will be asked to sign a partnership agreement.

If you have any questions about any aspect of this exciting role or process, please don’t hesitate to contact Debbie Helme, RE Advisor Tel 01452 835550


RE Hub leaders

The Diocese of Gloucester Education Department is keen to support RE subject leads as much as possible.

For general RE advice and support, please contact:
Debbie Helme
RE Advisor
Diocese of Gloucester
01452 835550


RE Hub Dates 2018/19

Please click on this link to find the RE Hub dates for the Autumn Term

RE Hub Meeting Dates Autumn Term 2018 /2019

To book in for your RE Hub event and for support from your local RE Hub leader, including information about sample lessons to observe,  please find your nearest contact below:


Lynda Britton – Holy Trinity C of E Primary School, Cheltenham

I have been an RE and Collective Worship lead for over twenty years, mainly teaching KS2.  I enjoy trying to make RE creative and engaging. I am willing to meet with colleagues to offer support and encouragement with teaching RE.

Caryn Smith – St James’ C of E Primary, Cheltenham

I am Deputy Head Teacher, Collective Worship and RE lead in our school.  St James’ C of E Primary is a two form entry school off The Park.  I currently don’t have classroom responsibility, but teach reception to year 6 for PPA and SLT cover, so have an understanding of both Key Stages. Over the last three years I have focused on developing Christian values in our school, and as a result of SIAMS I am now focusing on spirituality.


Sue Hudson – Powell’s C of E Primary, Cirencester
I have been a primary teacher for over 20 years, mostly within KS2. I have led RE at Kempsford and Ashton Keynes before moving to Powell’s in Cirencester to lead RE/ Collective Worship in 2009.  I currently teach in year 3 and year 6.  I undertook a Farmington Fellowship in 2012/2013 to study and develop the RE unit entitled “In a community with many differences, how should we live?” I have attended annual conferences since then and find both the results of the current year’s research and the contact with Primary and Secondary RE teachers to be invaluable.

Lucie Mitchell – Miserden C of E Primary School

I am based at Miserden C.E. Primary School, where I teach PPA across the whole school including RE. I am an experienced KS2 teacher who understands teaching the whole of KS2 having taught Y4,5,and 6 at Bisley Blue Coat for many years. I am an RE and Collective Worship co-ordinator for three schools, including 3 SIAMS!!. I am happy to support colleagues teaching RE, particularly those who are teaching in small schools with mixed age groups.


Karen Harding – St David’s C of E Primary School, North Cotswolds

I am the RE and Collective Worship lead at St David’s, and am currently teaching a straight year 2 class, but have taught across the entire primary age range. I am happy to support teachers with the planning, teaching and comprehension of the Understanding Christianity materials and subsequently the new syllabus for RE.

Forest of Dean:

Bernadette Kilty – St Briavel’s C of E Primary, Forest of Dean

I am senior teacher at St Briavel’s Primary and have taught RE to most age groups across the primary stage.  I have previously worked across the county as an AST teacher for RE.  I have taught at my current school for 20 years, and have a lot of experience of planning for mixed age and mixed key stage classes. At the moment I am delivering RE to a year 4/5 class and a year 5/6 class each week.


Julia Matson – Barnwood C of E Primary, Gloucester

I have over 13 years experience of working in a Church of England School as an RE lead.  I have led governor, head teacher and RE lead training on outstanding RE and Christian Values, and can advise on planning, assessment and the organisation of RE with particular focus on one form settings.

Rachel Millard – Upton St Leonards C of E Primary School, nr Gloucester

We are a large primary school on the outskirts of Gloucester.  I am currently the RE Subject Leader.  We teach RE in our school during PPA time through a small team of teachers whom I support. I currently teach RE in YR, Y1, Y2, Y4 and Y5.  In the recent past I also taught RE to Y3. I am happy to talk with colleagues about Y1 up to Y5.

South Cotswolds:

Graham Pike – St Mary’s C of E Primary, Thornbury
I am currently assistant head, and have been in senior leadership roles in three outstanding Church of England schools.  I teach year 6 and am willing to support teachers with planning, assessment, tracking and learning.

South Glos:

Debbie Helme
Education Officer
Diocese of Gloucester
01452 835550

Tewkesbury / North Gloucester:

Rosie Marks – Hartpury C of E Primary, north of Gloucester

I am a deputy head teacher and RE co-ordinator in a small village primary school with mixed age classes.  I specialise in KS2, although I am happy to advise on both key stages.  I have been involved in RE in Gloucestershire for many years, being part of the team that wrote the Agreed Syllabus (2006-2017).  I have a BA in Music and Religious Studies, and a wealth of experience of different religions, as well as a wide range of knowledge of different Christian denominations and practises.

David Scorer  Tewkesbury C of E Primary

I am currently a deputy head teacher and SIAMS Inspector.  I have worked in Gloucestershire and Worcestershire for over 16 years, with over half this time as a senior leader and RE/Collective Worship co-ordinator in C of E schools.  I currently work in a large two form entry school, and have significant experience in single and half form entry schools.  Having helped to set up and manage the Cheltenham Church School Partnership over the last 4 years, I have been fortunate to forge positive collaboration between schools to provide guidance and support each other in an ever developing educational landscape.


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