Saturday 3rd October


University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT


Aim: To provide a forum for an exchange of knowledge and ideas between researchers and practitioners* leading to long-term change in the way these groups understand and interact with one another.


  • To connect researchers and practitioners through an exchange of knowledge and ideas
  • To enthuse practitioners to engage actively with research after the conference in a variety of ways


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

*The term practitioner has been used to denote teachers, advisers, leaders and members of religious and non-religious worldview communities



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 Closing keynote address

4pm Close


Presenters and workshop leaders confirmed so far include:

Professor Berry Billingsley

Professor Bob Bowie

Kate Christopher

Dr Pat Hannam

Stephen Pett

Dr Emma Salter

Martha Shaw



This conference is sponsored by Culham St Gabriel’s Trust and the Templeton World Charity Foundation. The cost for delegates has therefore been kept to a minimum at £30 per person.


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Background to this 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.


Please note the venue has changed since originally advertised due to circumstances outside of our control