Islam Awareness Week special event: “Islam in RE” in Norwich

Special offer: I am very pleased to announce  that private sponsors of the Islam Awareness Week 2015 programme at Ihsan Mosque has made it possible to make “Islam in RE: Religious Literacy & Controversy Through Enquiry” available to teachers at only £75. 
You school saves £125 on this £200 course, recently presented as a part of the PGCE students programme at the Institute of Education, London. Note that this replaces all previous offers for this event. The course will include a live demonstration of Charlie Hebdo lesson plan outlined in previous posts.
This special offer and normal bookings include a light lunch at the adjacent Mosque, in-session refreshments and a 26+ page set of handouts. The venue is the newly refurbished Gallery Room at the Norwich Wellbeing Centre, which forms the hub of the Ihsan Mosque Islam Awareness Week programme.
Please book your place now on
Essential islam
Some local history
 Islam in RE: Religious Literacy & Controversy Through Enquiry  has been developed here in Norfolk and the first pilot was run at the School of Education and Lifelong Learning at the University of East Anglia in June 2014, attended by Secondary School teachers, academic researchers and members of Norfolk SACRE and Norfolk County Council Social Services. Here PhD student Mujadad Zaman of Cambridge University introduced the classic tools of rhetoric and logic to facilitate higher level thinking in the context of classroom collaboration.
Cooperative Learning has been a valuable learning experience, which I will use in working with teachers. It enables everyone to contribute and encourages participants to actively listen to each other and provided a way to engage in controversy within a safe social environment. The tools are very easy to use and I have particularly liked the assessment element.
– Kevin Blogg, Norfolk County Council, Norfolk SACRE
Islam in RE, University of East Anglia, School of Education and Lifelong Learning, Norwich, June 26 2014 
The following month, Islam in RE was presented at the Institute of Education (IoE) in London, where it was attended by national educators, especially RE coordinators, as well as community outreach specialists and academic researchers. This course was presented to PGCE students at the IoE in November 2014 (more).
Given that key elements of this course we trailed at Norwich High School for Girls and Stalham Academy‘s recent choice to engage with Cooperative Learning it is thought-provoking that Norfolk – traditionally written off for it’s educational underachievement – should be the other early adaptor for this type of 21st century skills program.

“…this was fantastic, eye-opening and very visceral”

 – Matthew Vince, PGCE student at the University of Exeter
Islam in RE, University of East Anglia, School of Education and Lifelong Learning, Norwich, June 26 2014 

Word-Round, UEA, 26 June 2014
On both occasions Dr Mike Diboll of the IoE presented Cooperative Learning in the wider context of 21st century learning and its impact inside and outside the UK.
Further information

As to the importance of this course, it facilitates

Islam in RE: Religious Literacy & Controversy Through Enquiry is open to teachers who teach the following disciplines:

  • Religious Education/Studies
  • Humanities
  • Philosophy and Ethics
  • Sociology
  • Citizenship/SMSC

However we shall prioritise RE teachers in the booking process due to the limited places we can accommodate.





See invitation in pdf in your browser:

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“Thanks for next year’s lesson plan”

 – D. Clarke, RE coordinator at Wayland Academy, Thetford
Islam in RE, University of East Anglia, School of Education and Lifelong Learning, Norwich, June 26 2014 


Educators’ Workshop: Healing Fractures II

Representatives from tertiary education, members of Ofsted, SACREs, exam boards, independent faith schools, and consultants and specialists in the areas of interfaith outreach, multiculturalism and community building, may be more interested in the knowledge sharing Educators’ Workshop Healing Fractures II to take place the previous day. See preliminary programme for all details on Islam Awareness Week for educators.  More information on this as it becomes available; follow on twitter.

Anyone interested in attending Healing Fractures II secure their place immediately by mailing me directly at




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