Our newest Education and Learning venture sees us developing a set of SR resources to be used as a tool for dialogue within classroom settings.
This is an All Saints Educational Trust
-funded project which aims to review and refine our former Scriptural Reasoning-style educational programme, ‘Tools 4 Trialogue’, in light of the Commission on RE’s report
on Worldviews, as well as the development of our organization from 3FF (as we were when T4T was being delivered) into F&BF. The new resources will be aimed at KS3-5 and will seek to sit across areas of the curriculum such as RE and PHSE.
Scriptural Reasoning, (SR), is a pedagogical method of enquiry that enables learners to engage with extracts from sacred or significant texts as a means of developing an understanding of how they can be interpreted as a means of enabling participants to learn how to ‘disagree and agree better’.
The project has three phases: Explore, Refine, and Test.
Between January and May 2020 the team were involved in the Explore phase, and to this end were in consultation with a large pool of experts in the field: RE teachers from the schools we work with and elsewhere; present and former staff who worked on T4T; those with experience in creating SR material for schools (Rose Castle
, Cambridge Interfaith
, etc); academics and other RE experts thinking about the bigger picture (RE Council
, Commission on RE
, various SACREs, Culham St Gabriel’s
); as well as academics working on relevant research projects.
This phase also involved reviewing a set of papers put together from these consultations, exploring current classroom realities as well as what type of SR might sit well with F&BF’s current educational offer. We also held a series of online workshops with this pool of experts to examine what the purpose, content and format of any new or refined resources should be. These workshops let to a set of recommendations for the creation or adaptation of new resources.
Between the first and second series of online workshops (May and August 2020), the F&BF team adapted and created resources based on these recommendations. The second series then saw the resources and refined methodologies being presented back to the pool of experts for comment, critique and further refinement.
Following a second iteration of the new resources, F&BF will convene a group of teachers who currently take part in F&BF programmes and deliver our resources in their schools. Those teachers will be invited to review the resources and reflect on the effectiveness of the resources for enabling their students to reflect on differences and similarities between their identities and those of others; the effectiveness of the resources to enable students to ‘disagree better’; and, (if they are to be resources delivered without external facilitation in schools), the ease with which they feel that they would be able to lead the delivery of the resources themselves. Their feedback will be fed into the final design of resources at which point they will be integrated into F&BF’s bank of resources for schools.