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A professional learning opportunity for primary and secondary teachers: 'theologies of reading' encourages us to explore the varying relationships and dynamics operating between reader and text.



We begin with the premise that reading is not merely about consumption, about getting content or acquiring information. Instead, we are interested in asking how reading concerns questions of meaning and truth. How should we understand the relationship between the reader and text?

Teachers will have the opportunity to hear from a range of speakers exploring themes including textual commentary, rhetoric, hermeneutics, and translation, and will workshop ways of applying this to their classroom practice. The two days will include a mix of talks, workshop style activities and discussion.



  • To bring together academic researchers and classroom teachers through knowledge exchange.
  • To equip teachers with knowledge of a range of theologies of reading, and consider how to apply them to the classroom context.
  • To give practical examples of how some theologies of reading have already been applied to the classroom and build on these together.
  • To create a bank of resources of teaching and learning strategies developed through this professional learning experience.


Organisers and Speakers

Dr Ruth Jackson, Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge

Ruth is a Research Fellow in Theology and Philosophy of Religion at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. Her research sits at the intersection of theology, philosophy, literature, and intellectual history. With Dr Simone Kotva and Dr Laura Kilbride, she initiated Theologies of Reading at the Cambridge Centre for Research in the Arts and Humanities.

Dr Kathryn Wright, Independent RE Consultant

Kathryn is an Independent RE Consultant and works as a freelance RE Consultant in the Eastern Region, primarily for the Diocese of Norwich. She provides curriculum support for senior managers, governors, teachers and those in initial teacher training across all phases (nursery to sixth form) relating to Religious Education and Spiritual Moral Social and Cultural development. Additional to this she is a member of Norfolk SACRE, and loves being an RE Quality Mark assessor. She was recently awarded her PhD



No physical training sessions are currently planned. However, you can access some self-study material online at RE:Online.


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Key Information

Who? Suitable for KS2, 3 and 4 teachers. It is particularly aimed at teachers of RE and English.

Where? Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge 

When? Wed 3rd April and Wed 19th June 2019. Delegates are required to attend both sessions.

Cost? Free