Developing a Coherent, Balanced RE Curriculum
Curriculum development has become a much more important issue in recent years. With Local RE syllabuses giving less detail, and schools creating curricula in other subjects to meet their curriculum intent, each school needs to make more choices about how they will deliver RE. This year’s speakers are experts on curriculum design and among the leading thinkers about coherence, intent, and balance. Each speaker will give a keynote address, facilitate a workshop session and lead a plenary. The conference will end with a question and answer session involving both speakers.
Gillian Georgiou works as a Diocesan RE adviser alongside RE subject leaders and teachers across greater Lincolnshire. She has previously worked as a secondary teacher of Religious Studies and Philosophy, and she sits on the RE working group at the Church of England Education Office, the Education Committee of the Faith and Belief Forum, and the RE Council of England and Wales. She has contributed to various publications, including Reforming Religious Education (2020), We Need to Talk about RE (2018) and Impact, the journal of the Chartered College of Teaching. She has also written a Grove Booklet on Religious Literacy and Schools (eD40). Gillian’s session will explore recent conversations in the educational world about religion and worldviews, with a particular focus on the disciplinary nature of RE. She will consider how a disciplinary approach might help frame learning in RE and support children and young people to handle the knowledge they encounter through the RE curriculum.
Dr Kate Christopher is a part-time secondary RE teacher in East London and also works as an independent RE adviser. She recently earned her PhD in Philosophy of Education. Kate’s interest is in curriculum design and CPD for teachers. As well as developing the curriculum for her own students, she works with teachers, exploring what a Religion and Worldviews curriculum could look like in practical terms. Kate directs Teach: RE for the Culham St Gabriel’s Trust and in this role supports teachers in all stages of their careers. Kate’s session will focus on how curriculum design can reflect the thinking about disciplinarity and what Religion and Worldviews thinking could mean in practice. This second session will explore where worldviews thinking fits into wider conversations about curriculum design and the new Ofsted framework. It will consider progression in the curriculum and look at practical examples for teaching.
ODBE is very grateful for the contribution to this conference provided by Bayne Benefaction
Cost: £55 per school in the S4S agreement; Non-S4S: £75 per school