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AREIAC 2022 conference will take place on 4th and 5th July 2022 at the Windmill Village Hotel, Coventry.

We do hope you will be able to join us for this year’s AREIAC Conference where we will explore the plural and diverse nature of worldviews and the lived traditions of communities, families and individuals.

The conference is open to everyone interested in supporting excellence in RE and you do not have to be a member of AREIAC to attend.

After two years of being unable to meet face to face, we are delighted that we will finally be able to hold our conference in Coventry and catch up with colleagues and friends – old and new!  The Windmill Village Hotel has kindly held our booking over from 2020 and has been amazingly helpful throughout this challenging period.  We are confident the staff will provide a warm welcome and make us feel safe and cared for throughout our stay.

The Programme

The two day programme will provide lots of opportunity to engage with key note speakers and seminar providers including Martha Shaw, Justine Ball, Alastair Ross, Gill Vaisey and Debbie Tibbey. Listen and learn, debate and discuss, and reflect upon experiences of teaching, advising and training in religion and worldviews education. Sessions include an exploration of some of the less familiar worldviews such as the Bahá’í Faith, Sikhism and humanism. Meet with local faith representatives and consider how we can promote quality educational engagement with individuals and communities to enrich RE. We will have a panel of representatives to give updates on their organisations, including Kathryn Wright from Culham St Gabriel’s Trust and Richard Kueh from Ofsted. The popular ‘Show and Tell’ slots remain to keep us up to date with new resources and projects. Exhibitor space is also provided for guests and delegates to display their resources and support materials.

Delegates can choose to attend both days or either, on a residential or day delegate basis.  A draft programme will follow shortly with further details of sessions over the two days.

 The Venue:

The Windmill Village Hotel, Golf Club and Spa is set in beautiful surroundings on the outskirts of Coventry offering a wonderful space for the conference, and an opportunity to meet with like-minded colleagues to explore wonderful Coventry City on Sunday afternoon.

Our main conference space will be in The Windmill Suite, with its windows and patio doors to two sides making it beautifully light and airy.  There is plenty of space for exhibition tables at one end where our refreshments will also be served.  If the weather is kind to us, we will be able to stroll out onto the beautiful terrace and seating area to take our refreshments, with stunning views overlooking the golf course and lake.

For our Gala Dinner we will use the adjoining Pickford Suite with its own bar.

There is a lovely cosy Cellar Bar for Sunday evening food and drinks for those arriving that day.

With a swimming pool, sauna, steam room and gym, which can be used freely by delegates, this year’s venue will be a real treat.  We will even have complimentary breakfast rolls for those arriving as day delegates or for those who wish to indulge in a second breakfast if you have stayed overnight!

Travel:

The hotel is easily accessible by car being on the outskirts of Coventry City and has a large car park which is free of charge to delegates.

There are three train stations nearby and distances in miles are:

3.1 Coventry

2.2 Canley

2.35 Tile Hill

Costs:

Residential

Members                    Non-Members:

Sun – Tues                  £345                               £365

Mon – Tues                 £295                               £315

Non-residential

Monday with dinner    £157                                £177

Monday only               £120                                £140

Tuesday only              £ 90                                 £110

There is a special student day delegate rate @ just £65 per day for Monday and / or Tuesday.

To request a booking form please email conference@areiac.org.uk as soon as possible.

I do hope all of the above information is helpful and you will be able to join us.

If you have any queries, please contact Gill at conference@areiac.org.uk

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