There are two new Religious Education (RE) Advisers in the Diocesan Education Team. Kate Cope and Tracy Lister took up their posts at the beginning of January and between them will provide RE support to schools across the Diocese and as well as being involved in RE training. Both Kate and Tracy will also continue to work part-time in church schools in the Diocese.

Kate Cope, Diocesan Education Team RE Adviser

Kate Cope has worked at St Matthias CE Primary School for the past nine years. She is the lead teacher for RE as well as teaching Maths and English in Key Stage 2. Since 1997, Kate has worked in a variety of teaching roles from Early Years to Key Stage 2, with additional experience in Behaviour and Special Educational Needs and Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) teams. As RE Lead, she has formed a termly RE Hub in Malvern and hosts a Malvern Debate with a group of local schools. This year, she is trying to promote global links during collective worship, having invited various charitable organisations to lead assemblies in her school.

Kate said: “I am thrilled to be working for the Diocese with the team. I particularly look forward to going into schools to meet headteachers, RE leads and teachers for training and support.”

Kate is married to Paul and they have two teenagers, Ellen and Liam, and a three year old Springer Spaniel, Ruby. The family love walking on the Malvern Hills, running, cycling and visiting parks, mountains and lakes around the UK. In her spare time Kate loves running with her dog, having completed many half marathons and recently, her first marathon.

Tracy Lister has been teaching in Whittington CE Primary School in Worcester for the past 14 years in the roles of part-time Year 3 teacher, Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) specialist and RE Lead. In her role as RE Lead she has organised a variety of whole school initiatives, including diversity and interfaith workshops and has shared her creative approach to teaching RE with other schools. Before joining Whittington CE Primary in 2005, Tracy spent six years as PA to the Managing Director and in the Marketing Department at Worcester Bosch.

Tracy Lister, Diocesan Education Team RE Adviser

Tracy said: “I am honoured to be invited to be a member of the Education Team and very much look forward to sharing and developing ideas and good practice in Religious Education across Worcestershire schools. It is such an enjoyable and engaging subject and promotes understanding and respect for all.”

Tracy is married to Steven and they have a teenage daughter, Holly, who is a keen linguist and dancer. They also have two pups, a West Highland Terrier, Molly, and a Scottish Terrier, McMillan and they all love family ‘together time’ – especially on long countryside and seaside walks. Tracy loves a variety of music, especially musicals, the Rat Pack and anything by Take That!

Margaret James, Director of Education at the Diocese of Worcester, said: “We are delighted to welcome two new RE Advisers to our team. Kate and Tracy both work part-time in Church of England Primary schools and we are looking forward to benefiting from their up-to-date expertise and ongoing practice and leadership of RE in church schools. Religious education is vital in equipping children with the skills to understand and respect flourishing multi-cultural societies in the modern world. Teaching this subject can alleviate pressures associated with a lack of understanding, which have often led to segregation in our world. Fear stems from ignorance; knowledge can extinguish fear and improve relationships for all in our societies.”