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.