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Sue Phillips


This pioneering and innovative teaching method has been developed by Sue Phillips in her school in Southern England in response to disaffected pupils who said RE was “nothing to do with them or anything that they knew”. They were so bored that  over half of them refused to sit the final examination.


Twelve years on, the techniques of the Theatre of Learning, which can be applied  to any RE course, for any age range have gained Sue an international reputation.


She has written a number of times  for  the “Times Educational Supplement” , “RE Today” and the “Shap Journal  of Religious Education”. She has contributed the “ International Journal of Children’s Spirituality” and contributed to the  “International  Handbook of Religious, Spiritual and Moral Dimensions in Education” in 2007. She has written six teacher resource file published by SfE/ Tribal on each world religion and most recently “Teaching Tolerance “ with her husband, Neil. She was made an Advanced Skills Teacher in 2003 and   was given the Shap Award for making an outstanding contribution to the teaching  of World religions in December 2004


Sue’s presentations  to   Advisers, Inspectors, Lecturers  in Religious Education, government advisers and teachers all over the country are transforming  RE for teachers and their pupils. Sue regularly presents to trainees at a number of Universities  and offers continued support  through her facebook group.


She was invited  to tour Australia presenting to teachers from the Catholic  and Lutheran Church schools in all seven states in August 2006 when she also presented  in Wellington New Zealand at the National RE conference . Sue also writes  and presents on PSHE and Citizenship. She retired from full time  school teaching  in 2010 and continues to support RE through writing and working with trainees,  teachers  and their pupils  whenever and wherever the opportunity arises.