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.

Festival Dates - Autumn, 2022


  • BUDDHIST: Honen Memorial Day - 25th

  • NATIONALHolocaust Memorial Day - 27th

  • ZOROASTRIAN: Jason-e Sadeh - 30th


  • CHINESE: Chinese New Year - 1st

  • PAGAN: Imbolc- 1st

  • CHRISTIAN: Candlemas - 2nd

  • JAPANESE: Setsubun - 3rd

  • HINDU: Saraawati Puja - 4th

  • BUDDHIST: Losar - 11th

  • BUDDHIST: Parinirvana - 14th

  • JAIN: Nirvana Day - 15th

  • CHINESE: Lantern Day Festival - 15th

  • BUDDHIST: Magha Puja - 16th

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

Download the constitution of AREIAC

Download a flyer about AREIAC


Please see the RESources section for some advice on working from home and support documents.


  • AREIAC Conference 2021: The online conference was a great success and some conference materials can be download from the conference pages (members only)

  • NEWSLETTER AUTUMN 2021 - download

  • REForming RE: A Blog by Deborah Weston on policy and RW - link

  • New Report from Ofsted on Religious Education added to members' section

  • New AREIAC members' CPD programme 2021/22 - Over the coming weeks we will be publishing our CPD schedule. This includes: our first webinar - on teaching adults (Claire Clinton and Justine Ball: 18:00-19:15, Monday, November 15th); and our first Book Club Meeting (18-19 Thursday, 4th November). The chosen text for the is, "Six principles to support religious education teaching by Louise Hutton and Dawn Cox. Contact the chairs for more details.

  • CofE guidance on Collective Worship - link

  • BBC Religion and Faith programmes in Spring 2021 - download

  • Previous [Spring 2021] newsletter is now available in the members' section