Religion & Worldviews – Capturing Teachers’ Voices

20 July, 2021

Do you teach RE/RS? Aston University are interested in hearing about your views about the inclusion of ‘worldview(s)’ in the RE curriculum. The data from the survey will serve to inform current discussions about RE and Religion and Worldviews.

Take part at https://forms.office.com/r/MVBDVuXpuQ

Closing date 31st August 2021


RE and climate change project survey

17 May, 2021

The RE:Connect project is seeking to understand more about teachers’ experiences of teaching on the environment (and particularly the climate and environmental crises) within religious education/philosophy and ethics/religion and worldviews.

Your answers will help us to understand more about current practice, but will also help us to design a teacher fellowship programme which will equip teachers and generate resources for teaching on religions, worldviews and environment at both primary and secondary.

The project is led by Dr Jeremy Kidwell, senior lecturer in Christian Ethics at the University of Birmingham and Dr Ian Jones, director of St Peter’s Saltley Trust, supported by a panel of RE educationalists.  If you have any questions about the research, please contact Jeremy at: J.Kidwell@bham.ac.uk

You can find the survey at https://birminghamcoaal.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8B6MpvB2kZcizc2


Project Opportunity: After World Religions

30 April, 2021

This project aims to explore the nature of the educational representation of religion(s) and to support the development of a new vision for Religion Education (Religion and Worldviews). The project seeks to draw attention to the limitations of the predominant world religions paradigm (WRP) in the educational representation of religion(s). Drawing on the expertise of academic specialists in Religious Studies and Education Studies along with skilled and experienced teachers, the project will reimagine Religious Education by recognising the complexity of subject matter while acknowledging the pedagogical challenges.

We are looking for enthusiastic teachers (secondary RE and primary) to contribute to the research dialogues and to develop some exemplary curricula materials based on the conversations and research. If you would like to find out more please email the project lead, David Lewin: david.lewin@strath.ac.uk

You can find the survey at https://birminghamcoaal.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8B6MpvB2kZcizc2


Science Religion Encounters Survey

24 March, 2021

This online survey is being undertaken by the National Institute for Christian Education Research (NICER) under the leadership of Professor Bob Bowie and is designed to explore beginning teachers’ experiences of and attitudes towards “Science and Religion Encounters”. By “Science and Religion Encounters” we simply mean times when science has come into an RE lesson or religion or ethics have come into a science lesson.

This survey is part of a larger research project funded by the Templeton World Charity Foundation and led by researchers at Canterbury Christ Church University.

To find out more about the project visit https://nicer.org.uk/science-religion-encounters

You can find the survey at http://tinyurl.com/nicersurvey


Survey into the state of opinion about religion and worldviews

19 March, 2021

The Faith and Belief Forum, Open University and Inform are leading a collaborative project on promoting an education in Religion and Worldviews (R&W). As part of this they are creating a baseline report to establish the state of opinion about Religion and Worldviews within a range of different sectors. To establish this baseline they are undertaking a literature review as well as surveying different groups.  Currently they are surveying teachers of RE/R&W and would welcome your contribution. The survey takes about 10-15 mins to complete. https://kings.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/re-teachers-survey


Survey of those currently completing a secondary RE ITT course

23 February, 2021

Mark Plater, Senior Lecturer Education & Theology; PGCE subject leader for RE, Bishop Grosseteste University invites you to participate in a survey of all present secondary Religious Education (RE) trainee teachers.  This is for everyone currently completing a secondary RE ITT course, whether in a university, SCITT, Teaching School, etc. Year three BA with QTS students are also included.

The purpose of the survey is to discover more about why people come into teaching, and particularly, why they wish to be RE teachers.  By participating, you will help your own course provider, and all others across the country, to understand how better to provide for you on  their courses, and also, how to advertise and market their courses in the future.  Survey are completed anonymously, and none of your personal information will be forwarded on to other parties.

As a bonus (and to entice you to give up ten minutes of your valuable time!), all participants will be entered into a random prize draw, with rewards of £100, £50 and £20. The draw for these prizes will take place in June 2021, and winners will be notified directly.

The survey can be accessed here: https://bishopg.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/re-ite-survey

Thank you for choosing to become an RE teacher (!), and thanks in advance for your participation in this survey.


Research on Worldviews and RE

09 February, 2021

Ruth Flanagan contacted us with the following opportunity to take part in a research project.

‘You may well be aware of the calls for change in RE provision in England, including recommendations to change the name of RE to ‘Religion and Worldviews’. I am currently conducting research on Worldviews and Religious Education through questionnaires and virtual interviews. I know that teachers are incredibly overworked at the moment but if you could spare 10 to 15 minutes to complete a questionnaire, I would really appreciate it.  I am hoping to use this data to develop resources for teachers to examine personal worldviews and to assist with teaching about religion(s) and worldviews. If you have any questions or would like to participate in virtual interviews, please do contact me, Ruth Flanagan, at r.flanagan@exeter.ac.uk ‘



Post your Research Opportunity

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