As an aspiring head teacher of a Church of England school, how do I ensure that the Church of England’s Vision for Education is fufilled, enabling pupils and adults to flourish? The purpose of my scholarship was to provide a practical resource for aspiring heads or heads new to post, to suport other leaders in considerations they may wish to make when working to establish and embed an effective and distictive Christian Vision. This is something which needs to be done with your school’s context at the very heart of every decision you make. Your school’s vision and ethos, […]
In an increasingly diverse and multicultural society, I believe that it is growing more important to ensure that children can engage with, understand, appreciate, and respect the beliefs of individuals whom they will encounter throughout their lives. It is our responsibility as RE teachers to deliver a creative, engaging, and motivating curriculum which will enable this to take place, yet my own experience was this was not so visible in my Church of England primary school where Christian distinctiveness took prominence. My intention, through my project, was to seek to find ways to address this imbalance. My report comes with […]
My Farmington Scholarship has consisted of an investigation into the possibilities arising from an anticipated move to whole cohort non-examined Religion and Worldviews (R&W) in community schools and academies following the most recent change of GCSE examination. Non-exam based R&W at KS4 affords a freedom which is liberating for many, but comes with problems. Non-specialist teachers and lack of curriculum time pose difficulties, so that ‘New Direction’ in R&W will have to embrace circumstances which are not ideal. And yet I argue that non-examined R&W is the ideal opportunity for maturing KS4 students to develop their ‘personal knowledge’ through carefully constructed […]
In March 2020 I was fortunate to undergo a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Israel. I wanted the pilgrimage to somehow answer the may questions I receive from my students such as, ‘Did Jesus really walk on water? Was Mary truly a virgin to have given birth?’ – this is to name a couple. I’ve battled with my own questions in my personal faith, and in my job. So I was hoping my pilgrimage would answer my own questions and my students’. Did it? Gosh no! But I have managed to create a scheme of work where students can openly […]
We feel it is important that our pupils know who Jesus was and what he taught so they understand our school’s Christian values. We are keen to introduce good textual analysis, promote critical thinking as well as promoting curiosity and love of learning and believe this is an innovative way of doing so. We have created 18 differentiated lessons and resources and 2 assessments.
The aim of this study is to provide an overview of key teachings about Mary of Nazareth in Catholicism with accompanying resources for use in schools. The study contains: A guide to official Catholic Church teaching about Mary of Nazareth with references for further study. An overview of pedagogy in RE. Original academic resources for use in the secondary school classroom forged from religious and non-religious worldviews to facilitate opportunities for the examination of the person and significance of Mary of Nazareth.
Whilst there is research to be found on the attitudes of young people today towards their religious identity, there is very little on their views on Religious Education and its impact on their faith and development. With the Catholic Education Service revising the Religious Education Curriculum Directory for Catholic schools in England and Wales, this is an opportune time to listen to the voice of young people to explore how their current religiosity affects how they receive Religious Education and how in turn the subject affects their faith and development. I visited three case study schools to interview small groups […]
This report explores Marian hymns that can be used in school, particularly for ages 7-11 and above, and can be sung in a school assembly or in worship generally. There is information about when Marian hymns can be sung and there is a list of age-appropriate songs and website links.
Catholic schools today are for many families the new Church. The Catholic education they receive may be the only time they hear or experience the Good News and think differently to society. The traditional model of the past where home, Church and school developed a child’s spirituality and faith journey is not as strong in some areas of Britain so it is more important than ever that adults working in Catholic schools have time, space and invest in high quality formation. The National School of Formation was created to provide opportunities for Catholic leaders to ‘kindle the fire’, to promote a renewed […]
The aim of my Farmington journey was to discover and explore good teaching practice in Religious Studies that could be used to appeal to, and engage pupils from predominantly secular backgrounds., both on the Isle of Man (where I teach), and in the UK. I work with young people living in a postmodern world full of contrasting and sometimes competing views from the setting of an island where there is mainly minimal exposure to world faiths beyond what can be seen on a screen coupled with some very general traditional views of Christianity with a dash of Manx Celtic lore […]