Postgraduate and Final Year Undergraduate trainee teachers came together to spend a day in the Theatre of Learning with Sue Phillips.
As well as being introduced to the experiential pedagogy in theoretical terms, we were able to visit both ‘The Island’ and ‘The Cave’. Sue showed how these approaches can yield huge benefits in terms of pupil development and motivation. Ways of improving religious literacy at Key Stage 3 and Exam results at Key Stage 4 were explored.
We hope to welcome Sue back to Edge Hill later in the year as part of an event for RE teachers in Partner schools …. Watch this (web)space!
Year 1 Undergraduates completed their History of Christian Thought and Culture Module with a Christian Question Time. Three Christian Curches were represented by Tom Cullinan, (Benedictine Monk, formerly at Ampleforth and presently a priest within the Archdiocese of Liverpool), Melvyn Kelly, (Methodist Minister in the Lancashire West Circuit and a member of the Chaplaincy Service at Edge Hill) and Tony Harrington ( Core Leader of Today’s Community Church, Wigan) together with Isaac Olurankinse. Jason took the Dimbleby role in chairing the discussion which was wide ranging and informative.
What do you believe happens after death?
Do you agree with gay marriage ceremonies in Church?
Do you think Jesus will return to earth?
Are men and women equal?
Do you think there are advantages or disadvantages to priests being celibate?
How do you explain the Trinity?
Can the rich get into heaven?
How damaging to the Christian Church are controversies such as the Child abuse scandals in the Catholic Priesthood.
Do miracles happen nowadays?
Is Christianity the only way?
The answers caused a lively debate and gave students a fascinating insight into the different theologies of individuals within these three different denominations.
A small group of Year 2 Undergraduate RE students were invited along to Lathom High School in Skelmersdale to assist with their Y11 RE Day. These outstanding students put their all into interacting and leading learning with groups of 10 Lathom students.
This is outstanding and I can’t thank you enough for this level of enthusiasm and commitment to making partnership work – really outstanding. Dean of Faculty of Education
The students acted as facilitators for the Year 11 pupils as they worked through a series of Leadership ‘challenges’
The highlight of the day was being able to meet and hear the story of a former Irish terrorist leader who now is a leader in a Pentecostal Church in England. It would have been worth going just for this!!
We are absolutely delighted with all the backing we are receiving. Thank you. Trevor Hodson AHT – Director of Learning Lathom High School