Preparing to teach Islam for the New A Level Religious Studies

With Dr Peter Vardy, Waqar Ahmedi and guests

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Central London, Saturday 15th October 2016

The DfE has required examination boards to specify the systematic study of a religion alongside the Philosophy of Religion and Religious Ethics for all GCE A Level Religious Studies courses from September 2016.  Many schools would like to teach Islam, but feel uncertain about choosing to do so without proper training, resources and support.

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This intensive one-day CPD event, led by Dr Peter Vardy but featuring experienced teachers of Islam, addresses the need for training to support delivery of the Islam elements of the new specifications—including Islamic perspectives on topics in the Philosophy of Religion and Ethics—and will provide teachers with a focussed subject-knowledge top-up, editable scheme of work and range of teaching resources—as well as the opportunity to ask questions, receive support and make professional contacts– all helping to ensure that A Level teaching is effective and students continue to be as enthusiastic about Religious Studies as they have been in recent years. Sessions will include…

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The Nature of Allah

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Islam and the Philosophy of Religion

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 Wisdom and Authority


Considering the use and abuse of the Qur’an

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Communicating the Central Principles of Islamic Ethics

(Civil Disobedience & War)

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Approaches to Planning and Resourcing the new A Level Religious Studies

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Dr Peter Vardy Former Vice Principal of Heythrop College, the specialist Philosophy and Theology College of the University of London from 1999-2011 and is the author of some 15 popular books including “The Puzzle of God”, “The Puzzle of Ethics” and “Good and Bad Religion”.  He worked extensively with The Coexist Foundation between 2007 and 2011 providing training on teaching Islam.

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Waqar Ahmedi is Head of Religious Education (including Philosophy & Ethics) at Kings Norton Girls’ School, Birmingham. He is also an A level and GCSE Religious Studies examiner, private tutor and writer on faith and education. He blogs at https://waqarahmedi.wordpress.com/ and you can follow him on Twitter @WaqarAhmedi

Booking Information

The cost of this event – which is on a Saturday to avoid schools having to pay for supply cover – is £199, including lunch and refreshments. 

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If schools book 3 or more places, this can be discounted to £149 per place. If schools book a place on both A Level and GCSE CPD events, the combined price can be discounted to £299.

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