Faith and Education: What Can We Learn From Our Educational Past?

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Date / time: 12 May - 13 May, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

School of Education, University of Worcester

Faith and Education: What Can We Learn From Our Educational Past?


This symposium, generously funded by the Society for Educational Studies, aims to explore contemporary issues in faith and education in historical perspective. Contributory papers are invited which explore questions such as:

  • What has been the historic contribution of the faith communities to education, and what are its legacies?
  • What rights, freedoms, constraints and responsibilities does this historic contribution command today?
  • What is the role and place of faith and belief in schools and in the school curriculum in historical perspective?
  • What has been the role and place of religion and belief in further and higher education and contexts of lifelong learning?
  • Do schools of a religious character (sometimes called faith schools) retain a legitimate place in a plural and non-religious society; if so how have they or might they need to adapt?

Keynotes include: Rev’d Nigel Genders, Chief Education Officer the Church of England; Prof James Arthur, Professor of Education, University of Birmingham.

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