Engaging in and with research

Welcome to this developing area of our website. We will be posting links and resources to help you:

  • Engage with research: Supporting you as you read and explore research through your own study or with others.
  • Engage in research: Supporting you to undertake your own research, perhaps inspired by some of the things you have read on this website.

Engage with research

Browse our free research library

British Religion in Numbers (BRIN) database, managed by the British Academy for the Humanities and Social Sciences can be found at  http://www.brin.ac.uk/. We have created a resource for teachers explaining how this could be used in the classroom, along with teaching ideas based on some of the data. Access the resource here

In November 2021 the Journal of Religious Education published a special edition in partnership with AULRE. Researching RE: changing times for Religious Education. You can find links to the articles here

https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/tools/ These pages provided by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) offer guidance, project information and practical tools to help you think about improving teaching practice. They are not specific to Religion and Worldviews and the EEF have a particular approach to research.

https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/evidence-summaries/teaching-learning-toolkit/ Again this is offered by the EEF, and will help you to think about impact, evidence and costs of interventions.


Engage in research

We offer grants through Culham St Gabriel’s for serving teachers or those working within the field of religious education. For details see www.cstg.org.uk/grants/individual/


Research opportunities

Islamophobia Survey – How is Islamophobia defined?

Did you know there is not an official definition of ‘Islamophobia’? We would be grateful if you can find time to complete this short survey of 12 questions, taking around 5 minutes. The survey aims to gain an insight into the views of RE teachers and practitioners on defining Islamophobia. The contribution of RE teachers will add new depth and clarity to the national debate, as the Government considers establishing a working definition.

This survey is anonymous to protect the privacy of teachers and to give them the opportunity to share their thoughts and experiences. All questions are optional.

This survey is part of an MA Teaching Studies research project at the University of Birmingham, supervised by Dr. Sarah Hall and sponsored by Culham St Gabriel’s Trust. This survey accords with BERA’s ethical guidelines and has received ethical approval. For further enquiries please contact: S.Hall.3@bham.ac.uk.

Find the survey here


Contribute to PhD Research

This is a call from Bayram Gunce, PhD candidate at the University of Sheffield, to contribute to his research into religious literacy. This is a term most often used by academics. Bayram seeks to understand what teachers make of the term ‘religious literacy’, and bring their voices into the debate.

Follow this link to share your ideas: https://qfreeaccountssjc1.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8bQVBHtXemAk8Oa


Post your Research Opportunity

Do you have a research opportunity you would like to let us know about? Email contact@reonline.org.uk