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
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
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 F.Lowe.firstname.lastname@example.org)
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
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
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
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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