Grants awarded

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Corporate Grants Awarded in 2019-2020


Muslim Council of Britain Charitable Foundation: A grant has been awarded to fund a guide for teachers of RE on arranging school visits to mosques. The project aims to streamline the process for and increase the confidence of RE teachers in identifying and engaging with a suitable local mosque, arranging the visit and delivering a high-quality educational experience for pupils. In addition, a project delivery template is planned to enable the project to be replicated by other minority religion and worldview communities. The hope is that this will assist other communities in achieving similar outputs in a shorter space of time and with less resource, resulting in even greater impact for the RE teaching community.

National Association of Teachers of RE (NATRE): A National RE Curriculum Symposium is being funded with a grant in order to:

  • To enhance the understanding of processes involved in constructing high-quality curricula that can be shared with their peers
  • To develop curriculum planning and thinking skills, enabling teachers to be more confident in their understanding and development of high-quality curricula
  • Enable teachers attending to receive constructive criticism about their curriculum, allowing them to return to school and reflect with their colleagues, and then improve their curriculum and to share with peers across the sector.

The project aims to create resources for other teachers to use after the event.

Tim Hunting has been awarded a grant to lead a local group of teachers in a project entitled Teacher-led Research into argument and use of evidence in Religious Studies GCSE. The group will draw on research and expertise and their own classroom experience to explore the use of argument in evaluative essays in Religious Studies GCSE, particularly at the highest standard, level 4, where the exam-board criteria specify competence in the ability to recognise ‘strength of argument’ and use ‘logical chains of reasoning’ effectively.

Canterbury Christchurch University: A grant has been awarded for a project entitled, Teaching Islam as a Worldview. This project offers the creation of resources that bring together a multidisciplinary approach to the teaching of Islam. It will produce resources that will support teachers in teaching Islam across the religion and worldviews curriculum but it will also provide opportunities to use other disciplines (history, art, theology and geography) as a lens through which to engage pupils in RE. The research that underpins the project is generated by two specialists in the teaching of Islam and RE (Revell and Panjwani), their work advocates an engagement with Islam that is critical and which understands that there are many Muslim communities.

University of Cambridge, Faculty of Education: Enriching religion and worldviews education through short classroom-ready films for GCSE. This project uses a knowledge-exchange methodology to bring together researchers and teachers to create resources and support subject knowledge.

St Marylebone Church of England Bridge School: This special school will pioneer adapting and using the ‘Together for the Common Good’ materials for SEND providers. These will then be disseminated through various networks.

Theos Think Tank: A grant has been awarded to fund the comprehensive dissemination of a report which aims to explain in depth to both RE professionals and the general public the meaning and implication of a ‘worldviews’ approach for religious education in schools.

TRS-UK: A grant has been awarded for a literature review to be undertaken by early career researchers on the concept of ‘worldview’. This project is part of a wider initiative to develop a shared set of understandings about ‘worldview’ as a concept in RE.

RE Today Services: The research and planning phase for Understanding Islam (provisional title). This includes initial drafting of the resource, trials in schools and the setting up of a theological advisory group including scholars from a range of Muslim communities and academic institutions.

Diocese of Bristol/South Gloucestershire Local Authority: The ‘RE Hive’ project: peer to peer school improvement. To identify RE subject leaders and train them to provide peer to peer support.

Diocese of Lincoln: A National Symposium: Religion and worldviews- a matter of community. To share quantitative and qualitative data and grassroots experience on how best to engage schools, parents and wider communities with religion and worldviews, including the sharing of a 45 min film of a theatrical production.

TRS-UK: Workplace films of Theology and Religious studies graduates. To produce a series of 25 interviews with graduates in varied workplaces showing how their degree has benefitted them.

Unity Federation: Systematic development of RE skills and knowledge – could this be the basis for a whole school primary curriculum? The project will develop two workstreams a. development of knowledge organisers and b. strategic development of RE as the basis for a complete primary school curriculum.

Corporate Grants Awarded in 2018-19


Faith and Civil Society Unit, Goldsmiths, University of London: Innovative Spaces of RE for REal: analysing and showcasing new ways of learning

The Panpsycast: The Panpsycast Philosophy Podcast

The University of Middlesex: Building the Future of Primary RE

The University of Huddersfield: A Primary Practitioner’s Research Project- can the proposed CoRE National Entitlement work in primary RE?

Me, myself and I: Emergent Technologies and RE

The University of Exeter, School of Education: RE Teachers’ engagement with research

The Linking Network: An SMSC Toolkit for Primary schools

In addition, using the 360Giving data standard, our awarded corporate grants since November 2016 are available here.

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