Making Every RE Lesson Count

Six principles to support religious education teaching

By: Louise Hutton , Dawn Cox


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PublishedJanuary 2021

Written by Louise Hutton and Dawn Cox, Making Every RE Lesson Count: Six principles to support religious education teaching brings together the latest curriculum developments with evidence-informed practice and shares practical strategies for use in the RE classroom.

Writing in the practical, engaging style of the award-winning Making Every Lesson Count, Louise and Dawn provide teachers of religious education with the means to help their pupils unpick the big questions of religious belief and practice, and of morality and philosophy – the things that make us human.

Making Every RE Lesson Count is underpinned by six pedagogical principles – challenge, explanation, modelling, practice, feedback and questioning – and shares simple, realistic strategies that RE teachers can use to develop the teaching and learning in their classrooms.

Each chapter explores a different principle in theory as well as in practice, and concludes with a series of questions that will inspire reflective thought and help teachers relate the content to their own work in the classroom.

Furthermore, the book brings together two key strands in RE teaching – namely, what RE teachers teach and how they teach it – and the authors consider these strands through the disciplinary lenses of theology, philosophy and the social sciences. And, in so doing, Louise and Dawn place these disciplines at the heart of teaching and learning in the RE classroom.

Written for new and experienced practitioners alike, Making Every RE Lesson Count will enable teachers to improve their students' conceptual and contextual understanding of the topics and themes explored across the breadth of the RE curriculum.

Suitable for RE teachers of pupils aged 11–18.

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Louise Hutton

Louise Hutton is an experienced teacher of RE who is currently an assistant head teacher at a large comprehensive school in Poole, where she also leads on staff development and teaching and learning. She is passionate about ensuring that her colleagues are research-informed and focused on high-quality teaching strategies in their subject areas.

Click here to read Louise Hutton’s blog.

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Dawn Cox

Dawn Cox has been teaching RE for 20 years and is currently a head of department in Essex. She has held many other roles in and out of RE, including advanced skills teaching and senior leadership roles, and also runs a local RE network. Dawn regularly presents at national and international conferences, including researchED and specialist events such as Strictly RE.

Click here to read Dawn Cox’s blog.


  1. Making Every RE Lesson Count is absolutely brilliant, and an essential book in the library of every RE teacher. I particularly appreciate the accessible examples from practice, and how the authors view the subject through three distinct lenses. I will be using this perspective to train my next RE PGCE cohort, and we have already stocked our university library with copies of the book.

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