RE:Connect – Teacher Fellowship Programme on RE and Climate Crisis open now!

Do you teach RE?  Looking for ways to connect with pupils on the environmental crisis? 

What do Religions and Worldviews teach and practice with respect to nature?  How do they understand and respond to the environmental crisis of the 21st Century?  How can these questions best be explored through RE?

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 working with a cohort of 6 RE teachers (primary and secondary) on a 6 month teacher fellowship programme, beginning October 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 offers opportunities to:

  • Deepen subject knowledge on the intersection of religion and ecology
  • Work with cutting-edge 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 involves monthly workshops from Autumn 2021 to Spring 2022, with tasks to undertake between workshops. Project funding covers costs to the schools of participating teachers, so there is no cost to the teacher or school.

Watch a video of Jeremy introducing the Teacher Fellowship Programme here or above.

Although the fellowship programme is full for 2021-22, we are currently exploring scope to run it again in a future year.  If you would like to be kept in touch with developments, email 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