Our next conference: Salvation: A national lecture-series for students of GCSE Religious Studies with Dr Peter Vardy
Teachers

Kierkegaard

    Our teacher-study day will go online this year but never fear, it will still feature the same high level of Philosophical content and discussion as ever… although you will have to bring your own donuts! Our events treat teachers as they wish to be treated – as intelligent adults, as professionals and as passionate about their subject. We run these events on Saturdays so as to minimize costs to schools but don’t worry, study days are really enjoyable and, as the saying goes, a change is as good as a rest. In fact, several schools have made our Saturday study days into departmental outings, giving colleagues a chance to spend quality time together as well as sharing learning and ideas.

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    “Kierkegaard” will be a rare and unmissable CPD opportunity for all those charged with delivering A Level Religious Studies. Wittgenstein described Kierkegaard as the greatest philosopher of the 19th Century… and a saint. His ideas have profoundly influenced many of the greatest religious thinkers. Through exploring the work of Kierkegaard, which has been the focus of Dr. Peter Vardy’s academic work for the last four decades, he will aim to improve subject knowledge and understanding relating to A Level Religious Studies, exploring how Kierkegaard’s philosophy relates to:

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    1) God
    2) Faith and Reason
    3) The Incarnation and Person of Jesus
    4) Christian Ethics.

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    Previous events have attracted a good spread of teachers, from ITT trainees to A Level examiners and from NQTs to experienced non-specialists seeking to enhance their subject-knowledge in Religious Studies.

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    Feedback from teacher study days…

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    “I thoroughly enjoyed the teachers’ day on Wittgenstein – learned a lot and was great to be the student for once!” AB, 2020

    “I loved the day. I have come back really inspired and can’t wait to pass it on in my classroom.” KS, Stratford

    “I cannot tell you how much I appreciated the study day on Saturday. I came back to school buzzing with renewed enthusiasm for Augustine and some great ideas to share with my department. I found Charlotte Vardy’s tips on essay writing and feedback to be invaluable.” AC, Nottingham

    “It was excellent: really interesting, enriching and challenging. It was also presented with passion & commitment, as if Augustine really matters (I think he does!)” PS, Yorkshire

    “I just wanted to say a huge thank you for the highly interesting, informative and helpful day on Saturday. I thought your talks were excellent. I am so grateful to you for giving up your time to support us in the Philosophy ‘world’!” KK, Kent

    “Such days are always very insightful and worth the journey!” WA, Birmingham

    “Two highly able practitioners took free reign of the specification and … extended my understanding and engagement. Their knowledge is encyclopedic and their commitment and enthusiasm for the subject without parallel. I came away wanting to read more and to engage my students with the philosophy of this great thinker.” TT, Southampton

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