Science and/or Religion Communication Training
For teachers, trainee teachers, church workers, scientists of faith
Why does science and religion communication matter?
Research indicates that, despite great interest in matters of science and religious faith, children and young people often lack suitable opportunities to explore their questions. Lots of different people are involved in supporting young people as they consider their big questions about the interactions of science and faith, and the implications of what they discover. We have found that particularly effective and valuable approaches combine direct influence from (and interaction with) enthusiastic scientists of faith, with effective, confident support and follow-up from teachers, church children's workers and others.
Consequently, in addition to offering events for young people of all ages, The Faraday Institute’s knowledgeable and enthusiastic youth and schools team are dedicated to providing training to better equip and inspire teachers, church children's and youth workers, scientists of faith, and others who influence the way children and young people think about science, faith and their interactions. The Youth and Schools Programme offers various training programmes tailored to suit these different groups.
"I am inspired! This session has given me ways to open up discussions with the children and ways to explore different views. I intend to ensure that this way of exploring these topics runs throughout the school lives of our children."
"Such an interesting conversation to be had and I didn't really think I'd ever the get the opportunity for it."
"So enthusiastic, warm and inclusive, made a safe space where I felt comfortable to share my opinions and ideas."
"Absolutely brilliant. I cannot thank you enough for all that you have taught me."
"The quality, eloquence and humility, made this one of the best courses ever."
"This training will allow me to break down barriers between Science/RE lessons which will be of huge benefit to my students."
"I have improved my knowledge to answer pupil questions without challenging anyone’s faith. Hands on activities and discussing big questions."
"Blue tea, exploding canisters, dancing raisins and crunchy crickets!! If that doesn’t grip your attention, then I don’t know what will! The excellently provided training gave our team the space to see how belief and science can sit side by side."
"Overall it gave me plenty to think about and consider how we might present discussions around Faith & Science to the schools and young people that we work with."
"It provided clear ways to open up discussion and thinking which were based on a cross-curricular approach to the national curriculum, with plenty of food for thought as an adult as well as for use in school. The speakers had amazing knowledge and understanding of how to communicate it well in our context in fun, interactive ways."