On Wednesday, December the 2nd, 2020, third year students in the “Religion in the 21st Century” module attended an online lecture and discussion session with the founder of Astronism, Cometan. Cometan provided us with a comprehensive overview (going back to prehistoric times!) of what is meant generally by space religion and more specifically, Astronism. This […]
Edge Hill University has launched an exciting new undergraduate programme giving students the opportunity to study religion in contemporary society and culture, from traditional belief systems to non-religious spiritualities and the rise of digital religion. The new BA (Hons) Religion single honours degree will welcome its first students in September 2020. As well as gaining […]
As part of their subject knowledge development, RE PG trainees partook in a subject knowledge development day, focusing on Islamic and Jewish teachings. Before the sessions, they completed subject knowledge audits of both topics (using a GCSE specification) which enabled the sessions to target specifically those areas which they have identified as in need of […]
During their enhancement week, the PG trainees took part in a session led by Owen and Barbara from CND Peace Education. Trainees considered how to tackle issues such as Weapons of Mass Destruction and Just war in RE and then partook in a mock trial of President Truman and his actions of dropping the hydrogen […]
Sue Philips brought ‘The Island’ to the PGCE and UG trainees in an interactive session on experiential RE. Sue demonstrated with them how to lead ‘religion neutral exercises’, engage pupils in values and empathy and the power of pupils being able to ‘see’ and ‘hear’ in their learning. They all enjoyed getting in to the […]
Building on the Stonewall training PG trainees had had previously, Kieran Bohan from Open Table delivered a session on inclusivity and diversity within Christianity. Trainees appreciated him sharing his own experiences from within the LGBT and Christian community and discussing how scripture can celebrate those who identify as LGBTQI+.
PGCE trainees were able to have mock job interviews in preparation for applying for their NQT posts. They were put through their paces by some of our fantastic school-based mentors, who were able to offer guidance and feedback on their responses. Great to hear such positive feedback from trainees and interviewers alike!
Cat from the Holocaust Education Trust delivered a fantastic session for the RE and History PGCE groups. In addition to covering the events of the Holocaust, trainees explored the significance of the term, the non-Jewish victims and Jewish resistance. She was also able to provide trainees with some fantastic resources to use in their teaching […]
We were welcomed at the Jain Samaj Manchester by Suresh Mehta, the Chair of Trustees at the temple. They are just building a large new annexe which has cost £1M. The centre was opened 18 years ago by Gerald Kaufman MP Suresh showed us a picture of the huge temple complex at Palitana. Jains have […]
The PGCE cohort visited the Quwwat Ul Islam Mosque in Preston as part of their subject knowledge development. In addition to touring the mosque and observing Friday prayers, the group also had a fantastic opportunity to speak to some Yr10 pupils from Preston Muslim Girls High School about their experiences of Islam and what their faith means […]