Key Points
  • The current state of Religious Education, including the impact of the reintroduction of the EBacc;
  • The place of faith schools in England - collective worship, selectivity and multiculturalism; and
  • British values, community cohesion and an inclusive curriculum.
Guest of Honour

Lesley Jones Deputy Director, School Organisation and Admissions Division, Department for Education

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Overview

A year on from the DfE’s published guidance on promoting British values in schools, this forum will assess the place of religion and faith in the education system, focusing on the responsibility schools have in ensuring community cohesion, the role of faith schools and exploring what a secular education system would look like.

With a number of parents who are prepared to move house or even ‘fake their religion’ in order to get their children into a good faith school, the event will also be an opportunity to examine the motivations for these parents and the current admissions system for faith schools in an increasingly multicultural Britain.

With the exclusion of RE from the reintroduction of the EBacc, this event offers an opportunity to discuss and debate the current state of religious education across all schools ahead of the changes to the RE GCSE being taught from next September - including this week's High Court ruling over the exclusion of non-religious views in the new GCSE - as well as addressing issues of collective worship, including how to ensure academies and free schools are following Government guidance and how to find the balance between teaching about religious faith and preventing the radicalisation of vulnerable children.


Agenda
Start

08:30 - 09:00
Registration, Coffee and Networking

 

09:00 - 09:05
Chair’s opening remarks

 

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Fiona Bruce MP Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Alcohol Harm

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09:05 - 09:45
Impact of Britain’s multicultural melting-pot on the UK Education system

 
  • With Government advocating that all schools must promote ‘British Values’ - specifically the mutual respect and tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs - and in an ever increasingly tolerant society, how is multiculturalism and ‘multi-faithism’ affecting UK schools?
  • What advantages does having a multitude of different faiths and races in UK schools pose for the future mind-sets of the children who will become the country’s future teachers, doctors and leaders?
  • How are schools coping with the various needs of different belief systems, for example serving Kosher and Halal school meals, the potential segregation of boys and girls for lessons or the impact of collective worship?
  • How far is the breadth of faiths represented in UK schools reflected in the teaching workforce?
  • What can be done by the sector to ensure teachers are prepared to teach and understand the needs of all races and religions, particularly in areas that have significantly lower religious diversity?

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Lee Coley Partner, Stone King

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09:45 - 10:15
Promoting ‘British Values’ and ensuring high standards in all schools

 

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Lesley Jones Deputy Director, School Organisation and Admissions Division, Department for Education

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10:15 - 10:20
Chair's Handover

 

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Alan Brine Former National Adviser for RE, OFSTED

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Fiona Bruce MP Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Alcohol Harm

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10:20 - 11:10
The role and place of Faith Schools in England

 
  • What is it about faith schools that makes their places so sought after (to the extent that some parents are prepared to move house or ‘fake their religion’)?
  • What lessons can be learned by non-faith schools to recreate this demand across all schools?
  • To what degree are claims of selectivity among faith school admissions true, as well as the appointment of teachers, and what are the implications of this - both on school performances, and on social mobility?
  • In the wake of the ‘Trojan Horse’ scandal, and in the context of the new legal duty for schools to safeguard students from being drawn towards radicalisation, what can be done to ensure faith schools across the country remain inclusive?
  • What should be the role of Ofsted in this?

Speakers

Rabbi David Meyer Executive Director, Partnership for Jewish Schools

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Dr Farid Panjwani Senior Lecturer and Director, Centre for Research and Evaluation in Muslim Education, Institute of Education

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11:10 - 11:15
Chair’s closing remarks

 

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Alan Brine Former National Adviser for RE, OFSTED

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11:15 - 11:40
Coffee and Networking

 

11:40 - 11:45
Chair’s opening remarks

 

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Lord Tyler Vice-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Faith and Society

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11:45 - 12:05
Why do we teach Religious Education? The value and purpose of RE

 

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David Hampshire Chair, National Association of Standing Advisory Councils on Religious Education (NASACRE)

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12:05 - 12:55
Religious Education and the curriculum

 
  • What is the expected impact of changes to the Religious Education (RE) GSCE in 2016 (to include the study of a minimum of two religions) and does the requirement go far enough to encourage cohesion in a multicultural Britain?
  • How will the exclusion of RE from the upcoming EBacc affect the popularity and perceived importance of the subject among Head Teachers, exam boards and students?
  • Aside from having already reinstated the bursary for graduates looking to become RE teachers, what more can Government and schools do to address the shortage of qualified graduates and make it an attractive profession?
  • What more can be done by Government to clear up any confusion among academies and free schools, who do not have to follow a National Curriculum, to raise awareness that RE is a statutory subject and must be taught in some capacity?

Speakers

Mark Chater Director, Culham St Gabriel’s

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Ed Pawson Assistant to the Chair, National Association of Teachers of Religious Education (NATRE)

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12:55 - 13:00
Chair’s closing remarks

 

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Lord Tyler Vice-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Faith and Society

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End

Speakers

Alan Brine Former National Adviser for RE, OFSTED

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Fiona Bruce MP Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Alcohol Harm

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Mark Chater Director, Culham St Gabriel’s

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Lee Coley Partner, Stone King

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David Hampshire Chair, National Association of Standing Advisory Councils on Religious Education (NASACRE)

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Lesley Jones Deputy Director, School Organisation and Admissions Division, Department for Education

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Rabbi David Meyer Executive Director, Partnership for Jewish Schools

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Dr Farid Panjwani Senior Lecturer and Director, Centre for Research and Evaluation in Muslim Education, Institute of Education

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Ed Pawson Assistant to the Chair, National Association of Teachers of Religious Education (NATRE)

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Lord Tyler Vice-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Faith and Society

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