CANCELLED – Hub Meeting 24th March, Aylesford School


Hub Meeting 24th March, Aylesford School


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RE Hub Alert 18th November CANCELLED

Hub Cancelled

RE Hub Alert! Following recent discussions on both this group and the ‘other one!’ we are going to meet as a networking group on Saturday 18th November! I know this is very late notice but hopefully some of you will be able to make it along even if only for some of the time. We have a central location – Aylesford School – which is just off the M20 at junction 5 so very easy to get to. We will make a soft start at 10am and aim to finish around 1pm.
The morning will as always include plenty of pastries to bolster our discussions and will cover:
– A whole group discussion following on from one on the ‘other group’ around Direct Instruction, its uses and proponents (Katie Clemmey and Lauren Smillie)
– An exploration of equality and gender in RE and how we might creatively address this in our classes (Hannah Jayne and Alexis Stones)
– Split session: A TeachMeet as an open group OR a GCSE moderation for those who have expressed an interest

As always this is as much about getting a chance to meet each other as to share practice but hopefully the sessions above look interesting. If you’d like to come along can you comment in the thread here so that we have an idea of numbers for catering.

Also – if you are Primary and would like a session can you suggest something specific you’d like to see and I will do my best to organise something otherwise the first 2 plus the TeachMeet will be the default Primary choices.
Look forward to seeing some of you that morning!


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.

I am adding a bit more detail.

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


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

Rudolf Eliott Lockhart – Chief Executive Officer of the Religious Education Council – talking about national events in RE

Linda Rudge – REQM Project manager

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

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:

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


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

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


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

Education at Cardus ( 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:

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 ( and Dr Beth Green, of CARDUS a Canadian think tank

WHEN? December 12th 4.30-6.30 (approx)

WHERE? Canterbury Christ Church University

Put it in your diary and watch out for tickets.


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 to find out how to join.

Both days are in Canterbury at Canterbury Christ Church University

Day 1 (main day)

Day 2 (AM only)