Saturday 3rd October


This conference will now be held virtually.

This conference is for teachers, advisers, leaders and members of religious and non-religious worldview communities

Do you want to connect and exchange knowledge and ideas?

Do you want to activity engage with research in a variety of ways?

As a result of attending this conference we hope that you will:

  • understand the importance of engaging with and in research and its potential impact on classroom practice
  • understand better the barriers and enablers in relation to teachers of RE engaging with and in research

Book a place: Please use this Eventbrite link to book for the conference. We advise booking as early as possible as places are limited. Registration closes on 31st August.

Cost: This conference is sponsored by Culham St Gabriel’s Trust and the Templeton World Charity Foundation.

Those registering before 31st July – FREE.

Those registering between 31st July and 31st August – £10 administration charge will be made.

Ask a question: If you have a question about the event, please email



Please note: The programme timings are subject to change due to the event now being virtual.

There will be a mix of keynotes, parallel sessions and structured conversations.

The draft programme is:

From 9am: Networking, poster displays, refreshments

9.45am Welcome, aims and ambitions

10.00am A series of parallel sessions led by researchers and teachers with group discussion

11.00 am Keynote: Professor Vivienne Baumfield, Director of Research and Professor of Professional Learning at the University of Exeter and President Elect of BERA

11.45 Workshop Style Interactive sessions led by researchers and teachers

12.30pm Lunch, interaction with research posters and vote for your panel!

1.15pm A series of parallel sessions moving immediately into

2.15pm Facilitated Mixed Group discussions reflecting back on sessions, generating questions for the panel and talking about ways to follow up on the day

2.45pm Refreshments

3.00pm Panel Session focusing on how researchers and practitioners can be brought together effectively

3.30pm Keynote:Dr Richard Kueh, Her Majesty’s Inspector: Schools, Subject Lead for Religious Education

4pm Close

Presenter and Workshop Leaders

Professor Berry Billingsley, Canterbury Christ Church University

Sue Billingsley

Professor Bob Bowie, Canterbury Christ Church University

Professor Vivienne Baumfield, University of Exeter

Samantha Brown, Teacher of RE

Dawn Cox, Secondary Head of RE

Professor Adam Dinham, Faith and Civil Society Unit, Goldsmiths, University of London

Conor George, Secondary Teacher of RE

Liam Guilfoyle, University of Oxford

Dr Pat Hannam, County Inspector/Adviser RE, History and Philosophy

Paul Hopkins, University of Hull

Samuel Horsley, Teacher of RE

Dr Rachael Jackson Royal, Secondary Head of RE

Dr Richard Kueh, Her Majesty’s Inspector: Schools, Subject Lead for Religious Education

Frances Lane, RE Subject Lead, Teach First London Programme

Anita Laurence, Teacher of RE

Dr David Lundie, University of Glasgow

Kate McDowell, Primary Teacher of RE

Abi McGuire, Secondary Teacher of RE

Dr Kevin Grady, Lead Consultant: Research

Dr Joanne Pearce, University College London

Stephen Pett, RE Today Services

Helen Rivers, Primary Teacher of RE

Dr Emma Salter, University of Huddersfield

Martha Shaw, London South Bank University

Alexis Stone, University College London

Joe Treacy, Chartered College of Teaching

Session Outlines

Delegates will be asked to choose sessions prior to the day. More details of how to make your choices will be sent at least one month before the event.

Please click on the title to download details of the session

Background to the conference and its importance for the RE Community

The conference brings together the concept of exchange with the Culham St Gabriel’s and Templeton World Charity Foundation Research7 funded projects. In light of the Commission on RE report (2018) and wider educational discourse, there is an increased desire within the RE professional community to root classroom practice in research. This conference aims to further this paradigm shift seeking to become a pivotal moment within the RE Community for researcher- practitioner collaboration.

There is evidence of increasing interest amongst teachers regarding engagement with research. For example, the rise in the ResearchEd movement (, as well as the work of the Chartered College of Teaching and the influence of their journal, Impact.  In relation to RE specifically, this is evidenced in the increasing numbers registering with the Research4RE website and a NATRE hosted #REChatUk twitter event which focused on research. Teachers have identified the need for opportunities to engage further with RE specific research. This conference provides a unique occasion for teachers and researchers to exchange knowledge.