Saturday 3rd October


This conference is now full, to be added to the waiting list please please email

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

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



Pre-Event Programme Outline

The week before the RExChange conference we will be releasing short 10 min films about some of the research collaborations. These will be available on our Vimeo channel

We hope this will give you introductions to some of the sessions you will be attending, but also allow you to learn about research that you may not be able to hear about on the conference day.


Saturday 3rd October Programme Outline

10.00am Welcome: Dr Kathryn Wright, Culham St Gabriels Trust and Bonnie Zahl, Templeton World Charity Foundation

10.10am Keynote with Q&A: Professor Vivienne Baumfield, Director of Research and Professor of Professional Learning at the University of Exeter and President Elect of BERA

10.50am Keynote with Q&A: Dr Richard Kueh, Her Majesty’s Inspector: Schools, Subject Lead for Religious Education

11.30am Break

11.50am Pre-allocated Discussion Groups, various hosts

12.45pm Lunch

1.30pm Pre- allocated seminar choice 1

2.10pm Break

2.30pm Pre- allocated seminar choice 2

3.10pm Break

3.30pm Pre-allocated Parallel Panel sessions

4.15pm Close


RExChange Post Conference Events

Monday 5th October 8-9pm NATRE #REChatUK Research aware, research informed, research active: What does it mean for you?

Tuesday 6th October times vary Regional Research Networks

Tuesday 6th October 4.15-5.15pm Inspired by RExChange: Becoming research active

Thursday 8th October times vary Regional Research Networks

Thursday 8th October 4.15-5.15pm Inspired by RExChange: Becoming research active


RExChange – continuing the conversation events

Wednesday 14th October 4.15 – 5.15pm In conversation with… Vivienne Baumfield

Wednesday 28th October 4.15 – 5.15pm In conversation with… Abi Maguire

Wednesday 11th November 4.15 – 5.15pm In conversation with… Jo Pearce and Alexis Stones

Wednesday 25th November 4.15 – 5.15pm In conversation with… tba

Wednesday 9th December 4.15 – 5.15pm In conversation with… Martha Shaw


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

Dr Kate Christopher, Teacher of RE and Independent RE Adviser

Mina Cullimore, Canterbury Christ Church University

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

Joe Kinnaird, Teacher 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 Joanne Pearce, University College London

Stephen Pett, RE Today Services

Helen Rivers, Primary Teacher of RE

Adam Robertson, RE Subject Leader

Dr Emma Salter, University of Huddersfield

Martha Shaw, London South Bank University

Alexis Stone, University College London

Joe Treacy, Chartered College of Teaching

Sean Whittle, St Mary’s University

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.