THE national religious-education awards, presented jointly by
the Hockerill Trust and the National Association of Teachers of RE,
attracted only 14 entrants this year - ten secondary schools, and
four primary, it emerged this week.
The secretary of the Hockerill Trust, Derek Humphrey, said that
the significant drop in the numbers entering was symptomatic of the
low morale among RE teachers.
Nevertheless, those schools that entered had outstanding RE
programmes. The primary and secondary first prizes went
respectively to Ellison Boulters C of E Primary Academy,
Lincolnshire; and to The Coopers' Company and Coborn School,
Upminster. Archbishop Tenison's C of E High School, Croydon, was
awarded a second prize.
The award to Coopers' and Coborn was given for its programme of