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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
Presenter and Workshop Leaders
Professor Berry Billingsley, Canterbury Christ Church University
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
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
- Teaching Controversial Issues in the Secondary RE Classroom.
- Innovation Through Co-production: Teachers and researchers working together to generate innovation in religion and worldviews education.
- Challenging knowledge in RE: developing resources for multidisciplinary RE.
- A Communities of Practice approach to supporting teachers and teacher-agency in practitioner-research.
- The Research for RE website as a teacher development tool.
- Argumentation in religious education: Teachers’ perspectives.
- Discover a message wrapped in words, and step through the doorway into a more hermeneutical worldview education with the Texts and Teachers Research Project.
- Emergent technologies in religious education.
- What do we know about teachers’ engagement with research in RE?
- Inside Faith/Outside the Classroom: A dialogical model for field visits and visiting speakers in Religious Education.
- A Lived Religious Experience – How can we use children’s literature to bring the lived religious experience to life in the classroom?
- Epistemic Insight in the classroom: Using research engaged teaching to create ways to help pupils to ask and explore big questions in an age of science and technology.
- Religious Literacy: A way forward for religious education?
- How evidence-informed is my teaching? A toolkit.
- Beginning Teachers and the Science Religion Encounter in the Classroom.
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 (www.researched.org.uk), 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 https://researchforre.reonline.org.uk 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.