Posted on June 24th 2015

RE Borough Conference June 2015

The Standing Advisory Committee on Religious Education’s (SACRE) Annual Hounslow Sixth Form Religious Education conference was hosted by Cranford Community College on Friday 19th June 2015.  Sixth Form students from every Hounslow Secondary School were invited to this event and hundreds of students spent the day discussing and reflecting on a range of religious, moral and social issues.  The keynote address was given by Dr Ranvir Singh on the theme ‘Is Britain a Christian Country?’ and this was then followed by a lively panel debate with religious representatives from various faiths and representatives from non-faith positions.

Students attended workshops, led by Cranford sixth formers and Beginning Teachers from UCL, Institute of Education, on a range of thought provoking subjects including Has science killed religion?, Does religion cause terrorism? Is the media making Christians in Britain more prejudiced?

Seema Malhotra, MP, attended the conference and delivered the closing remarks.  She stated how good it was to see dialogue and debate in a multi-faith and multi-ethnic community and said that events like this are crucial, supporting the idea of an even bigger conference next year.  She also enjoyed joining and observing the student engagement as she visited the workshops. 

Students were overwhelmingly positive about the day.  A Lampton Sixth former stated,

 it provided a really good insight into religious matters which is useful since Religious Studies are not compulsory in the 6th form. 

A Cranford Sixth Former stated,

 it helped me consider challenging questions which I have not thought about in depth previously" while another said “I enjoyed the fact that people were open and honest about sensitive subjects and I would very much recommend such stimulating events.

The conference was a stunning success with 91% of participants rating the event as excellent and it proved how much Sixth Formers in Hounslow want the opportunity to discuss current religious and moral issues in a structured way.

 

 

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