The DfE has required examination boards to specify the systematic study of two religions alongside the more familiar themes in Philosophy of Religion and Religious Ethics for all GCSE courses taught from September 2016. Whilst the vast majority of schools are choosing Christianity as one of their two religions — schools are split on which other faith to explore. A sizeable minority of schools would like to teach Buddhism, the only non-theistic religion offered at the moment and a complete contrast to Christianity, but so far have been unsupported in preparing to make this choice by exam boards and publishers.
This intensive one-day event, led by highly experienced teachers of Buddhism, will support teachers in preparing to teach Buddhism for the new specifications – and will provide them with a generous range of resources including an editable scheme of work. The focus will be on developing teacher subject knowledge relating to the core content in the beliefs, teachings and practices of Buddhism, specified centrally by the DfE. Research suggests that teacher subject-knowledge is the most significant factor affecting student attainment, but a range of teaching strategies will be suggested and discussed during the day, as will approaches to planning and resourcing for the new courses.
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.
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.