RExChange 2022


Friday 7th -Saturday 8th October 2022.  

Recordings of sessions at this event are freely available here.




A full program with session outlines and speaker bios is available to download at the bottom of this page. Please be aware that minor changes are being made to the programme.

Friday 7th October

1pm Welcome

1.15pm Developing religion, belief and worldview literacy- research perspectives

Gillian Georgiou, RE Adviser, Diocese of Lincoln

Adam Dinham, Professor of Faith and Public Policy, Goldsmith, University of London

Tamanda Walker, Independent Researcher and Qualitative Research Fellow, BlackThrive Global

2.20pm First workshop/seminar: Delegates choose one option on the day.

Christian worldviews and advocacy in the classroom – Jennifer Jenkins, Dr Celine Benoit

Using Dead Sea Scrolls research in the teaching about Jesus – Justine Ball

Using stories to develop interreligious encounters in primary schools – Dr Anne Moseley, Nadiya Takolia, Karen Longden

Applications of Queer Theology in the secondary classroom – Sian Brockway, Emma Summers

The place of specialist knowledge in the Religious Studies classroom – Eleanor Magill, Ruby Forrester

RE:Connect – an experimental RE/RW and environment teacher fellowship programme – Dr Ian Jones, Dr Jeremy Kidwell, Amy Houghton-Barnes, Rebecca Wright

From scholarship to school: Reflecting on Buddhist studies in schools – Romana Meereis

3pm Break

4pm Dr Kathryn Wright in conversation with Dr Richard Kueh (HMI)

4.30pm Comfort Break

4.35pm Second workshop/seminar. Delegates choose one option on the day.

RE and assessment: Masters level research and implications for classroom practice – Alexander Barrett, Thomas Breakwell

How does a cross-curricular SOW reflect the new Wales curriculum? – Jasmine Jacques-Butterworth

Worldviews in RE: From idea to curriculum – Prof Trevor Cooling, Stephen Pett

Reframing the content and subject matter of RE – Dr David Lewin, Dr Kate Christopher, Dr Rachael Jackson-Royal, Dr Martha Shaw

Knowing better – navigating knowledges in the RE classroom – Dr Jo Fraser-Pearce, Alexis Stones

Truth, truthfulness and Religion and Worldviews – Dr Christina Easton, Angela Wright, Prof Andy Wright, Angela Goodman

Hermeneutics for the RE Classroom – Jennifer Jenkins, Shannon Clemo, Debbie Yeomans

NATRE Curriculum symposium: the value of teacher collaboration in curriculum planning – Fiona Moss and Benjamin Wood, with Aleicia Mehta, Matt Pitcher and Kate Bruning

5.15pm Comfort Break

5.20pm Third workshop/seminar. Delegates choose one option on the day.

The withdrawal clause in RE: Masters level research – Justine Ball, Katie Wilkins

Real world Doctoral researchers in real life classrooms – Amy Houghton-Barnes, Sahra Ucar, Fran Bailey

So, you want to write for RE Today/Professional Reflection? – Dr Linda Whitworth, Dr Janet Orchard

Science and religion: reframing the conversation – Nick Spencer, Emily Downe

Identity and influence: Pupils’ reflections on the content of RE lessons – Fay Lowe (NOTE: It is necessary to pre-register for this session as it will be used as a data collection method for Fay’s PhD research. To pre-register please email Fay at

Cumbria secondary student census for Religion and Worldviews – Jane Yates, Jim Connolly

Developing spiritual wellbeing using song in primary RE – Elaine Arundell, Sukaina Manji

Ijtihad: The key that unlocks Islamic thought – Zameer Hussain

6pm Break

7pm After Dinner Keynote and conversation

We are delighted to welcome Tom Fletcher CMG as our after-dinner speaker.

Tom is the Principal of Hertford College, Oxford University. Tom served as the foreign policy advisor to Prime Ministers Blair, Brown and Cameron, before becoming British Ambassador to Lebanon (2011-15) and a Visiting Professor at NYU (2015-20). He is the author of the bestselling Naked Diplomacy: Power & Statecraft in the Digital Age (2016). Forthcoming books are Ten Survival Skills for a World in Flux (Harper Collins, February 2022) and The Ambassador (Canelo, August 2022). He led reviews of the modernisation of the FCO (2016); future of the UN (2017) and the future of learning (2019). He is a former chair of the international board of the UK’s Creative Industries Federation, adviser to businesses, academies and NGOs, and a member of the Global Tech Panel. He writes for the NYT, Prospect, Foreign Policy, The National and others, is a regular interviewee on BBC, Sky, CNN and has been profiled by the BBC, Arab News and more. His Foundation for Opportunity supports good people doing good things in public life.

Evening Session Ends at 8pm

Saturday 8th October

9am Welcome

9.15am Fourth Workshop/Seminar. Delegates choose one option on the day.

Using British Religions in Numbers data in the RE classroom – Debbie Yeomans, Nadia Nadeem, Claire Ramalli

Special Educational Needs and RE in primary schools – Christopher Allen

Virtual and immersive reality and religious education – Paul Hopkins

What is the fuss about personal worldviews? – Ruth Flanagan

The DIALOG model and its use in GCSE Islam – Karen Steele, Dawn Cox

How can we help students argue effectively in GCSE RS essays? – Tim Hunting, Julia Wingfield

Multidisciplinary approaches in RE: preliminary research findings and practical implications – Stephen Pett

Text and story in RE – Natalie Ford, Jennie Towler, Jennifer Moore

10am Four years on from the CORE report: Researchers and teachers in dialogue

Chair: Kevin O’Grady Panel: Dr Pat Hannam, Mr Chris May, Dr Martha Shaw, Professor Denise Cush

11am Break

11.30am Panel Discussions

These are themed panels which will discuss real world research and its implications for real world classrooms. Delegates choose one option on the day.

1 Policy and research: This panel will explore questions around the importance of research to bring about policy change, and the impact of research on policy decision making, including the impact on classrooms.

Chair: Paul Smalley Panel: Sarah Harvey, Rachael Jackson Royal, Shammi Rahman, Ruth Wareham, Deborah Weston

2 The Future of research: This panel will explore questions around what research is needed within the religion and worldviews community at this time, the nature of research, and include perspectives from initial teacher education.

Chair: Kevin O’Grady Panel: Thomas Breakwell, Paul Hopkins, Lynn Revell, Saima Saleh, Sean Whittle

3 Positionality and research: This panel will explore the notion of self-awareness, personal worldviews and reflectivity. It will include discussion relating to both the teacher/researcher as well as pupils in the classroom.

Chair: Justine Ball Panel: Bob Bowie, Fay Lowe, Krystian McInnis, Jasjit Singh, Ruth Flanagan

Each panellist will provide a short 4-5 min reflection on the theme, before the session is opened for questions.

12.30 End of conference reflections

1pm Conference ends

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