Birmingham’s Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education creates new online resource with Substrakt and Junction Media


By The Drum Team, Editorial

March 16, 2012 | 2 min read

Birmingham’s Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE) has unveiled an online learning resource for teachers, designed and built by digital media agency Substrakt, with its content created by media organisation Junction Media.

The website will act as a single source for teachers, schools, faith communities and academics to access videos, lesson plans and learning resources that can be easily purchased and downloaded onto interactive whiteboards or desktops.

Rabbi Shmuel Arkush, a religious advisor at SACRE, said: “This new approach to Religious Education is becoming widely recognised in cities across England, and will really benefit the communication of the subject in culturally diverse communities.

“Working with Substrakt and Junction Media has enabled us to create a system that can add value to areas with limited resources. In the past for example, Birmingham City Council has been inundated with demand from schools and academies that need support from Religious Education advisors. With the new calendar facility on the website, school leaders can easily see when experts are available. The automated system has the capacity to then process bookings correctly and efficiently.”

Andy Hartwell, managing director at Substrakt, said: “We worked closely with SACRE, Junction Media and a collection of R.E. advisors, to ensure that all the materials on the site reflect the new syllabus. Above all, we wanted to make sure the website was robust enough to cope with the demand from teachers who may need the information quickly, and in a format that works best for them.”

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