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Greenbelt Festival 2017
Dear God...
“The ocean is like God and raindrops are the religion. When they fall into the ocean they become one.”
Zoya Ahmed and Nurun Uddin
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Tales of Wonder, Wisdom and Humour

Religious Education in many schools is not seen as a priority and some non-muslim parents feel concerned when it has anything to do with Islam. Using multi-faith storytelling, with professional award-winning Khayaal Theatre, we hope to build bridges in the primary schools and generate a better understanding of not just Islamic but of other faiths and cultures too, highlighting mutual links and crossover between all traditions. Means of storytelling does not confront orthodoxy of religion; it rather seeks to inform participants in a culturally acceptable manner.
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A joint initiative, by the National Association of Teachers of Religious Education (NATRE) and the University of Bristol, to promote teachers professional knowledge and, understanding of how to promote community relations within RE lessons. Three university researchers and NATRE members who teach RE have developed a toolkit applying ‘Contact Theory’ to the RE setting. Developed by social psychologists, ‘Contact Theory’ promotes value in diversity and explains how individuals can interact meaningfully with their cross-group peers.

Based on the findings of a Westhill-funded national survey of teachers of RE the toolkit advocates 'Encounter, Conversation and Interaction' in RE lessons and a 24 hour residential will bring together experts in this field to train a group of teachers to apply this framework to their own classroom practice and to share their new skills and awareness with others.
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‘To Be A Pilgrim’ – bringing the world’s greatest adventure story, and the faith that inspired it, to life!

Education into Diversity

The Pilgrim’s Progress, by John Bunyan (1628 – 1688), is a timeless spiritual and allegorical adventure story about a central character, Christian, who sets out on a journey from the City of Destruction to the Celestial City. This project brings it back to life for the 21st century classroom - a kind of ‘Walt Disney meets God experience’ for children the world over.
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Celebrating Diversity

Our project is seeing to share Newham Sacre's (Standing Advisory Councils for Religious Education) good practice over to Waltham Forest Sacre. This will happen in three ways; we will run year 5 Inter-faith one-day conferences with 18 Waltham Forest Primary Schools; we will share and help Waltham Forest build their own version of Student Sacre; and we will run training for both Sacre's in order to help members have greater knowledge of their role as a Sacre as well as sharing best practice. 
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We encourage people to learn Engish so they are able to communicate with people like teachers and doctors and can visit places such as libraries and other public places. Anyone can access our group and trained tutors will provide support as they learn. All our staff have undertaken training and personal checks (DBS).
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Reforming Christianity: Online Resources

Recognising diversity within religions and not just between religions is an important area of learning in RE in schools. It is difficult for teachers to represent the diversity within Christianity, particularly if they are non-specialists, and the traditions and beliefs of the Free Churches are often neglected. 

We are developing online resources, starting with a unit on the Reformation. Other units will explore dissent, conscience, the role of women, and challenging injustice. The resources are being written by RE Today Services, and this high-quality material will be available free of charge. 
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Lichfield Community Mentoring (LCM) currently trains and places volunteer mentors into local primary and secondary schools. We aim to provide young people, who are struggling with low self-esteem, a positive adult role model for up to 12 months.

Through this relationship and long-term investment by the mentor, the student is encouraged to develop more self-confidence, resilience and a greater sense of self-worth, no matter what the circumstances. This coming year, with extra funding from Westhill Endowment, we plan to write our own training manual, increase our volunteer base to reach more children and look at partnering with other local organiations in the community to further develop the project.
 
 
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Bible Loans for Burundi

Despite the nations abject poverty and political uncertainty in Burundi, there remains a lot of enthusiasm amongst High School students to attend Bible clubs. The pupils really enjoy the Bible study but they cannot afford to buy their own bible, they can't continue their study at home.

This project addresses this problem. There is a network of volunteers across the country but they need training in running High School Bible Clubs. We have received funding for this training and also to help provide Bibles for the students. They pay 40% of the cost over a period of a year and we subsidise the rest.
 
 
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Uberheroes® is a unique and innovative experimental learning programme providing education and early intervention techniques for young people to overcome the negative impacts of social, mental, emotional, and physical issues. Uberheroes® supports young people to be more aware of their own emotional health, wellbeing and resilience.

Uberheroes® focuses on 9-16 year olds combining curiosity, creativity, discussion and support. The concept, an Uberhero World, where Uberheroes® and Villains compete over the emotional wellbeing of featured character/s using their range of powers; this is delivered through quarterly superhero themed comics and our interactive website, the young people read, learn, discuss and unpack the topics covered in each new issue; each facilitation group is led by a qualified facilitator who ensures that every question is asked in relation to the comic’s central character, this enables the young people to answer openly, free from  any risk of criticism or judgement or feelings of vulnerability or exposure.
 
 
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You're not on Your Own!

Fired Up Theatre and St Augustine's CE First School wish to highlight the voices of children at school. Voices that project confidence, skills and creativity in order to make them stronger in their faith whilst living in isolated and expansive rural areas.

Their voices echo the thoughts of many other people in the surrounding communities of East Staffordshire.
 
 
 
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God and the Big Bang gives students from Year 6 - 13 (10-18 year olds) an exciting opportunity to discover, discuss and debate compatibility of science and faith. The day aims to equip young people with the all-important tools they need in order to form their own opinions and engage in rational, exciting, well-reasoned and thought-provoking discussion about the place for science in God's world.

We want to increase access to our events for low-income schools, offering a creative, professional, and highly engaging approach to questions of science and faith aswell as access to professors and graduates from top universities around the country, with the time to ask big questions and have a taste of what university level study might be like.
 
 
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Resilient Me, Resilient You

People talk about ‘British values’, but what does this mean to children and young people? This project will enable pupils in two lower secondary schools to explore identity and what it means to be British, to share their ideas and then to work with upper primary pupils to develop aspects of values transition in a mixed local community. 

Working on iPads, pupils will respond to concepts such as identity and identity-in-difference, respect for self and others and the Golden Rule, using the agreed syllabus for RE and SMSC as stimuli. They will produce e-Books on these themes which will then be shared with and used by primary schools to stimulate transitional work in the community.
 
 
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Peace and Reconciliation Toolkit and Resources for the Classroom

Coventry Cathedral are designing a ready-to-use curriculum for teachers to use in RE lessons which will equip students with skills to be peace buildes in school, community and the wider world, through deepening knowledge and understanding of Christianity.  This resource will enable teachers to fulfill the statutory requirement for teaching RE in schools and be suitable for non-specialists.
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Small Footsteps

Small Footsteps aims to inspire specifically young people from different faith backgrounds (and none) to value the environment which is at risk through climate change. We believe that the best way of doing this is for faith groups to work together in ways that demonstrate deep shared values faiths have for the environment.

Small Footsteps 2017 was a five day multi-faith summer school for young people aged 11-14. Young people were introduced to the envoronment through practical activities related to food and food waste, recycling, water, trees, energy, the ecological cycle of life and finally how these all relate to the dangers of climate change. Woven into these practical activities are the connections with the environment and natural world made by different faiths.
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Spirited Arts ‘Art in Heaven’ is an annual art competition for primary and secondary school pupils, hosted by NATRE. In its 15th year this competition has attracted over 320,000 participants (averaging 20,000 per year!) since 2004, with 2,000 entries being sent in to NATRE each year for judging.

Hundreds of UK and overseas schools get involved. Information and themes for the 2018 competition are now available via this project page.
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Teaching about Religious Diversity in Inclusive Schools: Developing Collaborative Practice between Research and Teachers.

Our project aims to investigate how RE teachers can make use of research to improve pedagogy. The focus is on research from the University of Warwick, especially the Council of Europe publication Signposts (Jackson 2014).

In partnership with a large secondary school in South Yorkshire we will look at how research data can be used as a basis for innovative teaching and create a case study including some practical stratergies and reports. This will, in turn, generate further data on pupils' perspectives on RE. Lesson observations and interviews with pupils will be important parts of our study. 
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The Faith Encounter Project trains people of different faiths to deliver educational guided tours of their own places of worship with skill and sensitivity through our Faith Guiding Courses. We currently run a 12 week course annually as well as day courses customised to organisations specifications. 

We support teachers to effectively plan visits to various places of worship, provide speakers for in-school programmes to postrer positive interfaith understanding among pupils. The project also provides training to various organisations within the West Midlands region and beyond equiping their staff and volunteers with relevant interfaith understanding.
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Diversity in Collective Worship

This project will produce 14 video clips, with additonal support and guidence material, for primary schools to support collective worship, focusing on non-christian acts of worship.  The project will involve members from SACRE, Inter-Faith Forums, specialist creative media college staff and students and a range of primary schools to pilot and give feedback on the materials developed.

There will be a launch event in the summer term 2018.

The project will provide all Shropshire primary schools with a tailored resource to address an area of weakness and concern they have clearly expressed to SACRE. It will also build further bridges between SACRE, Inter-Faith Forums, schools and children to develop an awareness and deeper understanding of different religions, world views and culttures.
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Faith School Linking

Our Faith Schools Linking programme enables young people from different faith schools to meet and learn about the faith and belief identities of other young people different to themselves.

We will recruit and support faith schools in the West Midlands to deliever three links in year 1 and five links in year 2 of the programme.
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The Panpsycast: Christianity Audiobook

The Panpsycast are developing an audiobook focusing on Christianity to support students and teachers of RS. The informal and informative style of the already highly successful podcast will be born-again into a Full A-Level Course. Complete with special guests, good humour and a detailed exploration of Christianity, The Panpsycast: Christianity Audiobook promises to be an essential and entertaining guide to Christian thought.
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Here:Now:Us

At a time of growing division, Together for the Common Good is planning training packages in ‘Common Good Thinking’ for Church leaders, lay people and RE teachers. By building the capacity of the churches through their people, with the principles and practice of the Common Good, this project will untap their potential to create change in communities and to be a catalyst for social transformation. 

We aim to equip people to cultivate local leadership, build bridges and engage in effective relationship building in communities, schools, workplaces, and neighbourhoods.
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Our project seeks to provide some resources for primary and secondary schools so that pupils can consider how people can be bullied for their beliefs.

We hope to make some films and classroom lesson plans to support teachers to deal with this topic.
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Training Young Schools Workers: Sporting Marvels has working in partnership with Rhondda Schools since 2003. Our team of young Christian role models have a heart for positively influencing children's life choices and helping them achieve their full potential.

They teach a primary school RE/PSE/PE Curriculum and run a secondary school leadership development programme, both supported by frequent out-of-school events. Westhilll Endowment is helping us to fund out new 2-year training programme which enables school leavers to join our team as interns, developing their RE teaching skills, sports coaching ability, confidence and professionalism in working with young people.

We aim to develop the programme, and share our learning with other young people's organisations who might wish to adapt our progarmmes for use in tehir own communities.
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Children and young people have many questions about life, including the non-material world and the actively seek answers, meaning and identity. In order to assist their journey of discovery during 2017 we will run 'Prayer Spaces Weeks' in schools in Kent, in a safe, creative interactive and all-inclusive environment.

It will allow students to discover their own meaning and draw their own conclusions, and also encourage respect for each other. Teachers can bring their students for a subject lesson in the prayer space and students will be invited to visit it during their breaks at lunchtime and after school. It will empower them to contribute in positive ways in school, family life and in the community.
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Campaign To Educate Project
C2E Project

The long-term aim of Campaign to Educate (C2E) Schools Project is to send the 'Once an Addict' Classroom Resources to every secondary school in the UK, for teachers to use free of charge. These resources teach students in year 9-11 about the dangers of drugs and drug misuse, and using Barry Woodward's real life experiences as a foundation for the teaching, to teach them the Christian viewpoint on related issues. The Classroom Resources consist of lesson plans, worksheets and a DVD.

Having already distributed 187 copies, our current aim, with the funding recieved from Westhill, is produce and send the rescource to an additional 250 secondary schools in the UK, of which there are approximately 5000, and to offer follow up support to schools.
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Mausoleum: Chaos, Claustrophobia and Corridors of light.

Fired Up Theatre enters into the breathless and oppressive world of the refugee crisis. We are ready to bring to you, your school, church or community group, the opportunity to partner with us. This inclusive project will grow organically within workshops and together we will create performances which will include film projection, original music, poetic narrative and story telling. The project will be available to come to you during October and November 2016.