Obituary: Paul King (HMI)
Some AREIAC members with longer memories may recall Paul King who was the HMI for RE in the 70s and 80s.
A true gentleman with a real commitment to quality RE he did much to promote and support both teachers and
the teaching of the subject in changing and challenging times. A graduate of Durham University, Paul taught in
secondary schools in Birmingham, Lichfield and Bath before becoming Devon County Education Adviser for RE in
1971. He was the Founding Chairman of the Richmond Fellowship House in Exeter, a member of the Christian
Education Movement's General Council for some years and also chaired the National RE Teachers Committee.
Before retiring he worked as an independent Consultant and Inspector. Many will remember the advice and
support he gave to teachers involved in the REAP project in the mid 1980s. The project developed innovative
ways of using religious artefacts that advanced the subject beyond what was merely descriptive and informative
but instead opened up opportunities to explore religious items in depth. He died in mid-September at the age of
87 and will be much missed, not least by his wife Sue, who was formerly and RE teacher and subject leader.