Religious Education Teachers’ Conference: British Humanist Association

The British Humanist Association, supported by Conway Hall Ethical Society, presents a free day-conference for Religious Education teachers to explore Humanism and the inclusion of non-religious perspectives in Religious Education, on July 16th, 2014 from 10:00 to 16:00 at Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL.

Overview

Religious Education teachers know that for their subject to remain relevant and engaging it is vital that it includes non-religious perspectives alongside religious beliefs as part of a broad and balanced curriculum. This view is supported by the Secretary of State for Education and by the Religious Education Council for England and Wales.

Surveys consistently show that a high proportion of young people are not religious, and it is vital that these young people are able to explore their own beliefs as they develop their own moral and ethical framework that will take them through to adult life.

The case for including Humanism in RE as non-religious worldview has never been stronger, but RE teachers will be the first to admit that they would value extra support and resources to be able to confidently include Humanism in lessons.

This day conference is aimed at Religious Education teachers, Head Teachers, Local Authority RE advisors, RE subject specialists and co-ordinators to increase teachers’ confidence and competence in planning and delivering lessons that include Humanism.

Attendees will:

  • Increase their understanding of Humanism as a non-religious worldview and see how it can fit in to RE lessons and contribute to Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development (SMSC)
  • Get the latest update on the national picture and current state of play for Religious Education
  • Hear directly from practitioners and teachers about how Humanism has improved pupils and students learning, in the context of practical ideas and examples
  • Increase their own confidence and competence in delivering lessons on Humanism

Who should attend?

RE teachers, Head Teachers,  Local Authority RE advisors, and RE subject specialists.

Speakers and contributors:

Dr Mark Chater (Culham St Gabriel’s Trust)
Beth Stillings Cohen and Saara Quested (3FF)
Sara Passmore (Head of Education and Promotion at the British Humanist Association)
More to be announced…

Registration:

Registration for this event is free. Light refreshments will be provided. For further information please contact sara@humanism.org.uk.

Full details here on the BHA website.

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