RE: Connect Project - Teacher Fellowship Programme on RE and Climate Crisis (3 PLACES LEFT!)

RE:Connect is a new project designed to help deepen teachers’ understanding and confidence for exploring the environmental crisis through the lens of religions and worldviews in RE. We are seeking 8 creative RE teachers (4 primary, 4 secondary) who are seeking to connect with their pupils on the environmental crisis to take part in a 6 month teacher fellowship programme, beginning autumn 2021.

The initiative is run by Dr Jeremy Kidwell, Senior Lecturer in Theological Ethics at the University of Birmingham and Dr Ian Jones of St Peter’s Saltley Trust, supported by a steering group of experienced primary and secondary specialists, environmental scientists and practitioners.

The programme will offer opportunities to:
  • Deepen subject knowledge on the intersection of religion and ecology
  • Work with subject specialists on religious ethics/practice, ecology, and climate change policy
  • Work as part of a supportive and dynamic team to create and trial new approaches and resources for teaching on this theme
  • Become a champion for teaching and learning on religion and environmental crisis

The Teacher Fellowship Programme will involve monthly workshops (evenings and weekends) from Autumn 2021 to Spring 2022, with tasks to undertake between workshops. Project funding will cover the cost of teacher participation, so there is no charge to the teacher or school.

 You can find more info on the attached flyer, and you can watch a short video about the project and more details on how to apply here: RE:Connect – Teacher Fellowship Programme on RE and Climate Crisis

They are accepting applications on a rolling basis and there are three places left!  The fellowship programme is open to applicants from the Midlands, with a preference for the West Midlands region. (As we hope that at least some of the sessions will take place face to face, we are keeping the geographical region manageable).  To apply, please send a CV and covering letter (not more than 1 page), explaining:

  • why you are an ideal candidate to take part in the Teacher Fellowship Programme
  • What you think are the biggest challenges facing RE teachers in trying to engage with the subject of climate change

They are currently particularly seeking primary teachers of RE, who are currently under-represented amongst applicants so far (although secondary teachers still welcome to apply).

Please send your application to Jeremy Kidwell and Ian Jones, via: bursar@saltleytrust.org.uk.  If you are shortlisted, there will be a short interview via Zoom.  For informal enquiries contact either Jeremy (j.kidwell@bham.ac.uk) or Ian (director@saltleytrust.org.uk).  You can also follow the project on Twitter at: @Climate_and_RE

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