Mr Brian Poxon, Wells Cathedral School’s Head of Religion, Philosophy and Ethics, has been nominated onto the National Council of the Independent Schools Religious Studies Association (ISRSA). The ISRSA champions Religious Studies, Theology and Philosophy by supporting and representing teachers, hosting conferences and conducting subject research.
Having taught Religion, Philosophy and Ethics (RPE) for nearly 25 years in both the UK and Australia, as well as publishing multiple A level revision guides, Brian expressed his interest in the continuing importance of teaching religious literacy when this is not always possible to gain from presentations of religions, which are often misrepresented in the media.
He explained, “The ISRSA strives to support excellence in both resourcing and the teaching of the subject, keeping RPE in a central place in the curriculum, not just because of the inherently valuable content, but because of the preparation it gives to pupils for life in a multi-religious world. Understanding people for whom religion offers a central shaping framework for life is important, even if that is not the case for oneself. My nomination means that I can contribute to this conversation.”
Brian is delighted to be representing Wells in order to sharpen the School’s RPE Department’s practice with cutting-edge insights from across the UK, and looks forward to being part of the working party drawing up definitive plans to keep religious education relevant, representative and rigorous in the 21st Century.
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