Current Projects

Here you will find all of our current projects. A complete list of all our awarded corporate grants since November 2016 in the 360Giving data standard* is available here.

Strategic Funding Awards 2021-22

These are donations made to some of our partners for work which directly supports the Culham St Gabriel’s strategic objectives. Award holders have the same expectations placed upon them as grantees. The Trust welcomes conversations about its strategy with potential new partners. Currently the following awards have been made to:

The Religious Education Council of England and Wales to develop its own strategy and operations over the next three years: £150,000 over three years (£50K 2021-22, £50K 2022-23, £50K 2023-24)

The RE Policy Unit to continue its campaigning, advocacy, and lobbying work: £30,000

RE Today Services who will hold the budget and oversee operations for a reimagined infrastructure project managed by a newly formed steering group representing all the main RE organisations: £45,000

NATRE Leadership Fund to enable teachers to attend meetings with high level officials, Ofsted, Ofqual and so on: £1000

NATRE Chair Support to enable the chair to fulfil her role effectively £12,000 over three years (£4K per year beginning in April 2021 paid to NATRE/Chair’s school to release her)

RE Council Chair Support to enable the chair to fulfil her role effectively £12,000 over three years (£4K per year beginning in Sept 2021 paid to the Chair’s employer to release her)

Grants Awarded 2021-22

Religion Media Centre have been awarded an additional £2,500 to create a film of their project detailed below.

Liverpool Community Spirit have been awarded an additional £1,986 to develop further digital resources for their project detailed below.

Edge Hill University have been awarded a grant to develop a summer school based on a pilot that took place in 2021. The proposal will see up to fifteen teachers of religion and worldviews across England and Wales develop their subject knowledge via a week-long summer school with input from specialist researchers. Each participant will develop curriculum materials linked to the summer school’s core theme, which can be shared with the subject community. The project will explore the unique contribution of the summer school format to CPD in Religion and Worldviews and disseminate the research findings appropriately. £9975 awarded.

Grants Awarded 2020-21

St Barnabas CE Primary School in Warrington has been awarded a grant to promote a greater understanding of religion and worldviews through the development of higher order literacy skills. The project will facilitate people of different worldview traditions, enabling them to come together to share their sacred texts in an environment of mutual trust and respect. This will be happen through the creation of a series of story tent festivals and family workshops for the local and wider school community. £1000 awarded.

A team of advisors and early years practitioners have been awarded a grant to influence the quality of religion and worldviews education for EYFS pupils and educationalists nationally, to facilitate greater understanding of the diverse and plural lived experience of individuals and communities within society. The aim is to empower educationalists and EYFS pupils, by providing a high-quality religion and worldviews model digital curriculum too, to support their knowledge and understanding. The team includes: Gill Vaisey, Catriona Card, Naomi Emison, Sally Giovanelli, Jan McGuire and Trudy Sore. £11750 awarded.

Coventry Diocesan Board of Education has been awarded a grant to improve teacher and pupil understanding of the plurality of Christian worldviews and their ability to motivate action and advocacy in individuals and communities, through engagement with sociologists working within the field of religion in academic settings. £13856 awarded.

Lincoln Diocesan Board of Education has been awarded a grant for a project entitled Empowering Voices. This will support young people and their families in Lincolnshire, (where less than 3/100 people are BAME) and beyond to understand the significance of a worldviews approach to understanding what it means to live well together. The project aims to support people to engage with the rich tapestry of cultural and religious diversity in the UK so that they are less likely to discriminate in future. £20,000 awarded.

The University of Strathclyde has been awarded a grant for a project which aims to promote a new vision for Religion and Worldviews (R&W) education establishing the intellectual rigour of the subject in current and educational research. Specifically, the project draws attention to the limitations of the predominant world religions paradigm in the educational representation of religion and worldviews: too often religions are represented as discrete, stable systems of belief. Drawing on expertise of academic specialists in religion and education along with experienced teachers, the project reimagines R&W education that recognises the complexity of subject matter while acknowledging the pedagogical challenges. The dissemination of this project will include curricula materials which may also be used to make a case for a policy shift to illustrate the nature of the new vision for Religion and Worldviews. £16,600 awarded.

Faith and Belief Forum/Open University/Inform Collaborative Partnership have been awarded a grant to better align attitudes of key stakeholders within the education sector, but ‘outside the classroom’ to the critical importance of good teaching of Religion and Worldviews (RW) inside the classroom. The target groups include headteachers, school governors, CEOs of MATS as well as civil servants at both local and national levels who have roles in advising and implementing education policy. They will also produce resources to help teachers and teacher educators advocate for the crucial importance of a Religion and Worldviews curriculum to school leadership and to parents. Through a series of roundtable discussions, this project will identify key challenges and insights relevant to promoting a shared vision of an education in Religion and Worldviews, producing support materials and networks required for responding to the challenges identified. £51,480 awarded.

The Religion Media Centre has been awarded a grant to organise “encounters” in five cities in England and Wales in 2021, where faith and civic leaders meet the media in events which engage RE teachers. Their aim is for journalists to gain greater knowledge and understanding of the faith groups in their community; and for faith leaders to improve their communication with the media, to increase social cohesion, challenge misrepresentation and tell new stories. The hope is that RE advisers and teachers, through for example their Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education, will support the project in advising on the faith make-up of the local areas and content of the event, as well as encouraging faith leaders to take part. The city encounters will take the form of a training session, networking event and social gathering, following a pattern set by a successful meeting in Cardiff in 2016, where 80 journalists met the same number of faith leaders, leading to greater contact and more stories being told. £15,000 awarded

University of Birmingham with St Peter Saltley Trust has been awarded a grant to help change the way the public and key decision-makers understand the relevance of questions of religion and belief to the unfolding crises facing the climate and nature. Working with teachers in the West Midlands, the project aims to:
a) Better understand the ways environmental ethics and practice are currently taught within RE/RS, and gain a more accurate picture of what teachers need;
b) Develop teacher confidence and subject leadership, starting with a cohort of 8 teachers participating in a six month teacher fellowship programme;
c) Through the fellowship programme, to collaboratively create new resources and materials for primary and secondary pupils;
d) To develop a website and associated network of teachers who can share further resources, materials and pedagogies in this area of Religion and Worldviews.

£17, 809 awarded

Cumbria SACRE and Cumbria Development Education Centre have been awarded a grant to create a facilitated virtual platform for teachers to access local religious and non-religious representatives, both for classroom use and as an opportunity for teachers to develop their own subject knowledge and understanding. Cumbria SACRE representatives have committed to the provision of facilitated events on a regular basis for up to 18 months –potentially on average fortnightly. The events will allow pupils to question representatives about how and why they live a religious or non-religious life. This focus on the lived experience of individuals will enable the project to engage with the national dimension of RE outlined in the proposed Statement of Entitlement in the CoRE report (2018). Other strands of the project include a new online network and resources as well as providing a project template for other SACREs to consider in their own contexts. £10,000 awarded.

The Jewish Museum London has been awarded a grant towards ‘Teaching Inclusive Judaism: Representation matters’. The aim of the project is to increase public understanding of Judaism and the Jewish community in all its complexity. The project will begin by bringing together partners across all streams of the Jewish community to collaborate. These partners will help the museum select objects and images that best represent their community. The project has a number of outputs including image resource packs, teacher CPD, public webinars, and diversity and inclusivity training. £5,635 awarded towards the project. An update on the progress of the project as at May 2021 is available to download here:

Liverpool Community Spirit has been awarded a grant for a project entitled ‘Encountering Diverse Judaism’. This project will deliver an interactive faith encounters training programme and accompanying resources for teachers of RE, focusing on promoting well-informed and inspired teaching of Judaism at Key Stage 3 and GCSE. It will develop teacher (and hence pupil) understanding of diversity within the Jewish community, in terms of belief, practice and approaches to relevant contemporary moral and social issues. This will empower teachers and pupils to combat ignorance, negative attitudes and stereotyping with respect to the Jewish faith and community, including recent rises in anti-Semitism. £4950 awarded.

Grants Awarded 2019-20

For completed projects see the Completed Projects page

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. £8300 awarded.

Canterbury Christchurch University has been awarded a grant 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. £16,500 awarded.

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. £44715 awarded.

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. £9525 awarded.

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. £4,500 awarded.

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. £1500 awarded.

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. £5350 awarded.

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