Kent and Medway Summer RE Hub meeting

Saturday, June 17th 10:00-13:00

Meet in room RwS33 (Rowan Williams building, second floor, room 33), Canterbury Christ Church University, Medway Campus, Gillingham. (Parking spaces out front – just press the buzzer and say you are here for the RE Hub Meeting to the speaker.

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Part 1: A focus on key issues around working better with texts as sources, introduced by Bob – some big ideas for thinking about how pupils can engage texts.

Part 2: Split into primary and secondary groups

Primary Groups with Rebecca Swansbury: This will look at some techniques to improve contextual readings of sources. What is context? What does it look like in examples around the Bible? These will include some easy ideas to develop deeper engagements with sources in upper primary

Secondary Group with Bob Bowie: This will look specifically at how texts can be read and interpreted in ways that reveal the different ways Christians engage with texts. We’ll look at some common texts that can be applied to many GCSE topics areas.

These sessions seek to help you develop deeper uses of sources and smarter techniques. This is related to a major research development initiative to try to help students better engage texts, finding ways round the ‘proof text’ practice. The initiative is also aimed at unlocking deeper answers, getting beyond the for/against template answer. So we ‘ll be looking at smarter uses of sacred texts in learning about and from religion. How to turn your pupils in textual investigators! There will also be a focus on links with literacy at primary level.

Part 3: Finally, there is some local news and our standing Teach Meet item so please bring something to share.

It’s free! A chance to meet up and catch up. A chance to share and learn. As usual the meeting begins with second (or first!) Breakfast.

See you there,

Bob Bowie

Book here

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/kent-and-medway-summer-re-hub-meeting-tickets-34616393565

 

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Kent and Medway Hub and REQM Conference

There are 15 free places for RE Kent and Medway Hub teachers to come to the fourth REQM conference is to be held at Canterbury Christ Church University

Saturday 25th February 2017

10am-4pm (including all refreshments)

Another opportunity to hear about great practice and classroom focused research from other REQM schools**

The REQM is designed to celebrate high quality RE. In this conference, where award holders will share their good practice and experiences, three keynote speakers will lead sessions to on the project’s impact and its relationship to RE national development.

Three speakers:

Dr Bob Bowie – Director of the National Institute of Christian Education Research  – talking about cutting edge research in RE http://canterbury.academia.edu/RobertBowie

Rudolf Eliott Lockhart – Chief Executive Officer of the Religious Education Council – talking about national events in RE http://religiouseducationcouncil.org.uk

Linda Rudge – REQM Project manager http://www.reqm.org/about/about-us

Booking Deadline Feb 1st 2017

What do I do next?

If you are an REQM school teacher please book by contacting REQM directly and book your place by email to Sylwia on admin@reqm.org

If you are a Kent and Medway RE Hub school teacher then you can book one of the 15 places for free – follow this link:  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/kent-and-medway-re-hub-reqm-conference-tickets-30949716435

The Kent and Medway RE Hub is generously supported by KCC, Medway Council and Culham St Gabriel’s Trust.

School Students’ Thinking about Religion

Kent and Medway RE Hub members are invited to come to a research seminar hosted by the  National Institute for Christian Education Research (NICER)
Seminar:  School Students’ Thinking about Religion

  • Dr Elizabeth (Beth) Green from the CARDUS Think Tank, Toronto, Canada
  • Professor Berry Billingsley from the Learning about Science and Religion Project (LASAR)

Professor Berry Billingsley

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Equipped with a degree in physics, Berry’s first career was with the BBC creating

science stories for Tomorrow’s World, Blue Peter and Science in Action. This prompted what has become a lifetime interest in the impacts of science communication and education on how people think about the relationships between science and religion. The LASAR (Learning about Science and Religion) Research Project was set up in 2009, led by the University of Reading in collaboration with the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion. LASAR’s new home is Canterbury Christ Church University where

Berry is now Professor of Science Education. For more about LASAR ‐ see http://www.lasarproject.com.

Berry will speak about her work in developing practical strategies for supporting children in thinking about the Big Questions which arise when children encounter the intersection between science and religion.

Dr Beth Green

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Beth is a UK citizen now based near Toronto in Canada, where she is Program Director for

Education at Cardus (https://www.cardus.ca/research/ education) a social policy think tank dedicated to the renewal of social architecture in North America. She previously directed the National Centre for Christian Education at Liverpool Hope University, where she also ran the Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD). Beth has an international reputation for her expertise in religious school ethos; leadership and management; teaching and learning and social theory in education. She is a good friend of NICER and played a leading role in the research that resulted in the recently published book

Christian Faith in English Church Schools: Research Conversation with Classroom Teachers (Peter Lang, 2016).

Beth will speak about the major survey of graduates from North American Christian schools for which she is responsible. This work is unique in the world and generates insights of international relevance.

Monday 12 December 20164 pm – 6 pm

4.00 pm Refreshments

4.10 pm Introduction and Welcome

4.15 pm  Professor Berry Billingsley”  Developing Children’s Insight: Science and Religion in Education

4.45 pm Dr Beth Green: Educating to Love Your Neighbour: Reporting on the Impact of North American Christian Schools

5.15 pm Discussion and Q&A 6.00 pm Close

Room 0f50, The Old Sessions House, Canterbury Christ Church University  CT1 1PL

Canterbury, United Kingdom | Room 0f50, The Old Sessions House, Canterbury Christ Church University
Monday, 12 December 2016 from 16:00 to 18:00 (GMT)

Book your ticket here:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/school-students-thinking-about-religion-tickets-29299873711

Advance notice on RE HUB event

This is advance notice on a Kent and Medway RE Hub event. We have a Science and Religion double header featuring Professor Berry Billingsley (new to Canterbury Christ Church University), leader of the LASAR (Learning about Science and Religion) project (http://blogs.reading.ac.uk/lasar/) and Dr Beth Green, of CARDUS a Canadian think tank https://www.cardus.ca/organization/team/bgreen/

WHEN? December 12th 4.30-6.30 (approx)

WHERE? Canterbury Christ Church University

Put it in your diary and watch out for tickets.

MIDSUMMER FESTIVAL and RE HUB EVENT

For our hub event this term we are doing something a little different and joining a special event focussed around alternative spiritualities, the focus of one of our MAs. This is an opportunity to learn more and speak to practioners from a range of new age and alternative spiritual practices. There are two Eventbrite pages, one for each day.

Note this is Free for Hub members. If you are not a Hub member contact bob.bowie@canterbury.ac.uk to find out how to join.

Both days are in Canterbury at Canterbury Christ Church University

Day 1 (main day)

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/midsummer-festival-and-re-hub-event-day-1-tickets-25398608923

Day 2 (AM only)

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/midsummer-festival-and-re-hub-event-day-2-tickets-25398781439

 

RE Hub Meeting

The next RE Hub Meeting is Saturday 27th February 10-12:4 at Reculver School

Spring 2016 Kent and Medway RE Hub Meeting

This term we are splitting our sessions so that we have focused sessions for primaries and secondaries. As usual we will make a start with an informal networking breakfast from 10am followed by:

Introductions and Welcome 10.30am

Session 1 10.45-11.45

Primary – Enquiry based RE and the REsearchers project from Exeter with Rebecca Swansbury and Lis Webb..

Secondary – round table discussions of choices for new GCSE specifications wth Bob and Katie

Coffee 11.45

Session 2 12pm

Primary – Primary Teach Meet with Rebecca Swansbury and Lis Webb

Secondary –

Reading Group on ‘Why Theory is necessary to good teaching’ with Katie Clemmey

or

Research Group for participating in a British Values project with Bob Bowie

Plenary and close 12.45pm

FREE!

Book here

Hub Meeting!

All aboard for the first Kent and Medway RE Hub of the new school year! As always it’s the RE breakfast that no teacher of RE can afford to miss, if you want to meet inspiring fellow teachers of RE (Primary and Secondary). This time Virginia Corbyn will be doing “What’s the big idea” for Primary teachers, Bob Bowie is doing a beginners guide to hermeneutics for A Level and Katie Clemmey will be facilitating a session snappily titled “so lets discuss what on earth we are going to be doing with our RS GCSE situation, given they haven’t even confirmed the final  specs are and we are supposed to be actually preparing or starting to teach the thing in year 9 …. ” (Ed. that’s quite enough of that.).  The GCSE session is a discussion session so bring your plans for what you are doing and your questions to share. As usual come an share one idea that adds a bit of fizz to the lesson and there will of course be some more national reports.

STILL FREE!   –     STILL BREAKFAST!

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/kent-and-medway-re-hub-autumn-meeting-tickets-18584269049