AREIAC is an organisation for specialist educationalists, all qualified teachers, providing advice, challenge, leadership, training and support for multi-faith religious education in schools and colleges.

It is a conduit supporting the trainers / leaders / advisers of RE and the home of expertise for anybody involved in the teaching of RE.


It has an organising committee and regional groups which meet to share and develop resources, to support teachers and to discuss national issues around excellent religious education.

Download the constitution of AREIAC

Download a flyer about AREIAC


NEWSLETTER SPRING 2022 - download

  • Big Ideas in RE: A new website has been launched offering 'Curriculum Design for a 21st Century Education in Religion and Worldviews'. The team (Barbara Wintersgill, Denise Cush and Dave Francis are looking for more contributors, contact details on the site.

  • PD opportunity: Understanding Islam. AREIAC members can book a free place at this day of professional development for senior leaders, teachers and advisers, in Leeds on 10 October 2022. It aims to develop understanding of Islam and some of the issues and sensitivities that may arise in school. It will include: dialogue with local Muslim leaders and educators; an outline of key beliefs and practices in Islam; exploration of areas of sensitivity and ways to avoid or resolve difficulties; guidance on good practice.
    To book email
    More Information at:

  • JOB OPPORTUNITY: See members' section

  • Future Dates for your Diary

    • Online e-learning courses from Culham St. Gabriel' Trust - 

    • Coming Soon: Details of the Youth Ambassadors Project - Watch this space!

    • Eastern Region: EY conference - Nov 17th, 2022. Free for AREIAC members (there will be a nominal charge for non-members)

  • Newsletters: Spring 2021 and Autumn 2021 in the members' section

Festival Dates - Spring, 2022


  • NAVROZE - Zoroastrian, 17th

  • THE FESTIVAL OF THE POOL - Muslim, 18th

  • AL-HIJRA [NEW YEAR] - Muslim (1443), 22nd

  • KHORDAD SAL - Zoroastrian, 22nd




  • LAMMAS - Pagan, 1st

  • HERD BOY AND WEAVER - Chinese, 3rd

  • TRANFIGURATION - Christian, 6th

  • FRAVARDIGAN - Zoroastrain, 6th

  • TISHA B'AV - Jewish, 7th

  • ASHURA - Muslim, 10th

The dates for the calendar are provided by the Shap Working Party ( where you can order your own festival wallchart or eCal