The British National Secular Society provides this article that advocates for a more secular approach to religious education. It takes quite a harsh stand, but certainly offers food for thought when it comes to how we approach religious education.
They say you shouldn't discuss politics or religion. This article will leave you thinking otherwise. There is certainly a place for religious education in the curriculum and this article, not only advocates that but will suggest ways you can implement it effectively.
BBC have created an easy to navigate website that provides an overview of many of the world's religions. It offers links to further information about rituals, places of worship, holidays, history and more. This is a great resource for gaining a basic understanding of some of the most common religions.
Here is a ready-made lesson that comes complete with resources and worksheets. It is a perfect introduction to get students thinking about the religious beliefs of those around them. I love that it helps create a respectful environment for students to learn about their peers.
An in-depth and informative article that uses examples from religious texts. Use these quotes with middle school students and have them discuss what they mean. It is a wonderful way to spark debate about tolerance and acceptance.