St George’s House Consultation

15 February 2016

The recent Westminster Faith Debates, spearheaded by Charles Clarke and Linda Woodhead, generated a pamphlet focused on the relationship between religion and state in England today with particular reference to education.

The authors state that ‘seven decades after 1944 (R.A. Butler’s Education Act), the time is overdue for a new settlement in the relationship between religion and schools. The old settlement no longer works as well as it needs to for the benefit of schools, religion and wider society.

The consultation looked in depth at these issues in an effort to find practical ways in which they might be addressed.

List of participants

Mr Alan Brine | Lead Consultant Culham St Gabriel’s Trust

Dr Priscilla Chadwick | Chair of Trustees Culham St Gabriel’s Trust

Dr Mark Chater | Director Culham St Gabriel’s Trust

Rt Hon Charles Clarke | Visiting Professor in Politics and Faith University of Lancaster

Mr Andrew Copson | Chief Executive British Humanist Association

Professor Adam Dinham | Director Faiths and Civil Society Unit Goldsmiths, University of London

Mr Stephen Evans | Campaigns Manager National Secular Society

Dr Robert Freathy | Associate Professor of History of Education University of Exeter

Professor Brian Gates | Emeritus Professor of Religion, Ethics & Education University of Cumbria

Mr David Hampshire | Chair National Association of Standing Advisory Councils on Religious Education

Mr Jay Harman | Faith Schools and Education Campaigner British Humanist Association

Ms Joanne Harris | Head of Humanities Broughton High School / National Association of Teachers of Religious Education

Mr Derek Holloway | School Character and SIAMS Development Manager Education Office of the Church of England

Professor Robert Jackson | Emeritus Professor in Religions and Education, Visiting Professor in Education University of Warwick, Stockholm University

Dr Jagbir Jhutti-Johal | Senior Lecturer in Theology and Religion University of Birmingham

Dr Manon Jones | Head of Curriculum Design & Development – Humanities & Languages, Literacy and Communication Welsh Government

Mr John Keast | Consultant Former Chair RE Council of England and Wales; currently Culham St Gabriel’s Trust

Ms Sarah Lane | Education Officer Free Churches Group

Mr Rudolf Eliott Lockhart | Chief Executive Officer Religious Education Council of England and Wales

Mr Neil McKain | Head of Religious Studies Pipers Corner School

Dr Joyce Miller | Associate Fellow, WRERU University of Warwick

Mrs Elizabeth Oldfield | Director Theos think tank

Professor Stephen Parker | Professor of the History of Religion and Education University of Worcester

Dr Elizabeth Passmore | Chief Schools Adjudicator Office of the Schools Adjudicator

Ms Catherine Pepinster | Editor The Tablet

Mr Simon Perfect | Associate Tutor School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) / Theos think tank

Mr Paul Pettinger | National Coordinator Accord Coalition

Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain | Chair Accord Coalition

Dr Abdullah Sahin | Head of Research and Senior Lecturer in Islamic Studies and Education Markfield Institute of Higher Education

Professor Alison Scott-Baumann | Professor of Society and Belief School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)

Mr Tony Smith | Ex-Chief Education Officer

Professor Linda Woodhead | Professor of Sociology of Religion Lancaster University