School helps brings religious studies to life in the classroom

Desmond Dongo and Kesavan Sivanesan from the Hartlepool Asylum Seeker and Refugee Group take part in one of the workshops.
Desmond Dongo and Kesavan Sivanesan from the Hartlepool Asylum Seeker and Refugee Group take part in one of the workshops.
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More than 100 students have taken part in a special conference to help with their GCSE religious studies.

It is the third time the conference - RE Beyond the Classroom - has been held at St Hild’s Church of England School in Hartlepool.

The 147 pupils in Year 10 attended 10 different workshops and guest speakers were invited to answer their questions.

Subjects covered included life matters and medical ethics, drugs, sex education, asylum seekers, human rights and poverty.

The guests included speakers from Amnesty International. Christians Against Poverty, Evaluate, the Hartlepool Foodbank, representatives from Christian, Muslim and Humanists faiths, the Hartlepool Asylum Seeker and Refugee group and Youth for Christ.

Maria Murray, subject leader for RE at the school, said: “We are always looking for the best way to encourage students to engage in learning, enjoy learning and to achieve success.

“The conference assists with that by bringing to life some of the issues learned by our students in class.

“Feedback from students who have attended the conference in previous years shows that most find it extremely useful and that it really complements the traditional classroom work that they must do as part of their course.”

“As far as I am aware we are the only school that stages a conference like this for RE students.

“It is certainly a different approach to the subject but one that seems to appeal to both boys and girls.