Religious Education - where it's been, what it is doing and where is it going?
The story of Religious Education is one inhabited by Gods and Demons. The different political and
ideological camps know all too well who is and is not on their side. From the House of Lords to the local
Advisory Council battles are fought and now the issue of free schools is a special bone of contention. At
best Religious Education is an extraordinarily rich interdisciplinary pursuit from which pupils and students
can gain a great deal.
In todays talk John Holroyd will include some of the key moments in the recent history of Religious
Education in Britain, but the focus will be on the current and projected causes of concern and sources
of hope for this vital aspect of a childs education.
John Holroyd grew up in North Yorkshire. He graduated in Philosophy and Religious Studies and gained
his PGCE. from Kings College, London in the 1980s. After working in a Rudolf Steiner community with
mentally handicapped adults and teaching TEFL in Greece he has taught Religious Studies and Philosophy
in schools in and around London for the past 29 years being Head of Religious Studies at St. Dustans
College for most of that time. In 2016 John began teaching part-time at the London School of Philosophy
and also for WEA. He is a published writer and is currently writing a book about ethical evaluations of
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