CPD Handbook summary page
The Religious Education CPD Handbook was a project carried out by Professor Liam Gearon from the Education Department at Oxford University. It offers a resource for teachers wishing to develop their subject and professional knowledge in the teaching of religion in primary and secondary schools in England.
The resource is not exhaustive but has drawn together a range of expert contributors, from the faith traditions, from teachers, from advisers and academics. Many of these writers have a lifelong association with the traditions about which they write, some are converts, others are lecturers, scholars, teachers with decades of experience. These writers have all been asked to produce in short, summary form some of their area of expertise, and all suggest further online or downloadable resources.
Recommendation of these and book resources include high quality subject and professional learning for teacher-practitioners and academic peer-review materials. The premise here is that learning how to be an excellent teacher of religious education is not going to be easy, particularly if your degree background and training was outside of religious studies or theology. Even if your degree background and training was in religious studies or theology, religious education is so diverse a subject that few would claim to have outstanding subject knowledge expertise in all aspects of the subject.
There are many examples presented throughout the Handbook of pedagogy which involve experience of religious communities and the wider context of learning outside the classroom.
The CPD Handbook was last revised and updated in 2011.
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