About Barnabas in Schools

Barnabas in Schools is a professional education service provider to primary schools and works throughout England and Wales. We offer quality creative arts-based Barnabas RE Days for pupils and specialist INSET sessions for teachers.

We also provide free ideas for collective worship, RE and classroom reflection, as well as books and resources.

Our overall aim is to enable schools to explore Christianity creatively and confidently.

We do this by resourcing the teaching of Christianity and the Bible within RE and collective worship.

The work of our Barnabas in Schools team supports SEAL aims and objectives and the provision of RE, PSE and SMSC in primary schools.

Barnabas in Schools is part of The Bible Reading Fellowship (BRF), a Registered Charity (no. 233280).

As a member of the Religious Education Council of England and Wales, we support and adhere strictly to its eight principles for teachers of Religious Education.

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Barnabas RE Days

A Barnabas RE Day is a full day's programme to explore Christianity creatively with primary-aged children through storytelling, drama or music, according to the skills of the Barnabas in Schools' team member.

We work with a range of Barnabas RE Day themes, and we also offer a range of other themes for schools in the north-east.

INSET and professional development

Barnabas in Schools INSET is designed to encourage and equip teachers for teaching Christianity with an RE Syllabus for Foundation, KS1 and KS2.

Training sessions include tried-and-tested ideas for Collective Worship, approaching the Bible creatively in RE lessons, and exploring ways of communication and understanding the Christian story through drama, music, storytelling and art.

Books and resources

Tried-and-tested resources for assembly/collective worship, RE, festivals, drama, art, craft and games, and community cohesion.

Free ideas for collective worship, RE and classroom reflection

Browse a wealth of ready-to-use ideas for assembly, classroom reflection, RE, values and cross-curricular work.

Child Protection Policy 

BRF’s Barnabas in Schools team agrees that all children, without exception, have the right to protection from abuse regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexuality or beliefs.

BRF’s Barnabas in Schools team offers a range of programmes designed to nurture and resource the spiritual journey of children. As a member of the Religious Education Council of England and Wales, we support and adhere strictly to its eight principles for teachers of Religious Education. Each team member has a background of working with children professionally and holds a DBS certificate, which is regularly updated.

Child Protection Policy