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Video Resources

Click on the headings below for a description about the video and who it is for.

  • Is God Redundant in the Classroom? (21:59)

    This is a recording of Professor Cooling’s inaugural lecture at CCCU in 2011. In response to Paul Hirst’s idea that Religious belief is a private matter, Professor Cooling argues that there is a very real place for a Christian approach to education. Belief in God shapes our ideas of what it means to be human and makes a huge difference to our pedagogy.

    Who is it for?

    • Diocesan leaders
    • School leaders in Church school
    • Curriculum design leads

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  • Is there a place for God in Education? (14:47)

    The RSA & Theos bring together an expert panel to debate whether schools should “do God in education.” Professor Cooling argues for a view of knowledge where peoples’ beliefs are treated as integral to their understanding of the world. He proposes that the most influential campaign for inclusive education in the UK is wrongly based on the supposition of the irrelevance of religion.

    Who is it for?

    • School leaders in Church and Community schools
    • CPD leaders considering school ethos and whole school T&L
    • Curriculum design leads
    • Cross – curricular subject leads

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  • What do we mean by Christian Education? (1:23:10)

    Professor Cooling presents a lecture to students at Calvin University, Michigan on the research findings of “Christian faith in English Church Schools.” The research team spent a year working alongside fourteen teachers from Catholic and Church of England secondary schools, introducing them to What If Learning, a pedagogical initiative aimed at supporting teachers in developing Christian approaches to teaching and learning. He addresses both the positive experiences and struggles that teachers involved in this research faced.

    Who is it for?

    • Diocesan leaders
    • School leaders in Church school
    • Curriculum design leads

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  • A Humanist and a Christian Debate Education (16:21)

    Professor Cooling is in debate with Andrew Copson, the CEO of the British Humanist Association. Questions regarding the possibility/impossibility of neutrality in pedagogy are raised. Also, should God be on the agenda beyond the RE class? This resource offers an interesting debate regarding humanist and Christian views about Education in the UK.

    Who is it for?

    • School leaders in Church/Community schools
    • Teachers in Church/Community schools

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  • Introduction to teaching in an Anglican School (23:31)

    In this presentation, Professor Cooling highlights the key characteristics of a secular age and stresses the importance of considering the influence of such factors in a Church school context. He also unpacks what is meant by Positive Christianity and Critical Realist Christianity when applied to classroom practice and why it makes a difference to pedagogy in a Christian school environment.

    Who is it for?

    • Subject leaders in Anglican or Church schools
    • School teachers in Anglican or Church schools
    • Trainee/NQT teachers

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  • Prayer Spaces in Schools (29:21)

    Professor Cooling gives a very personal account of his faith journey and how it led him into teaching science and RE. He speaks candidly about his initial beliefs concerning his purpose as a RE teacher and how they developed to shape his latter approach to the subject and lifestyle within a Christian worldview. He considers how the Christian faith can help people deal with diversity, with the emphasis being on listening to others, and he explains the significance of prayer in bringing people together as a human community

    Who is it for?

    • Teachers of RE & Worldviews
    • Chaplains
    • Pastoral Leads

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  • What if Learning – Braunston Church of England Primary School (5:00)

    This clip presents the experience of a C of E primary school involved in the What If Learning research project. The school gives excellent classroom insight of how teachers were able to incorporate their own school values under the umbrella of the value of hospitality when teaching History.

    Who is it for?

    • Primary school Leaders
    • Primary school teachers
    • Whole school CPD (primary)

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  • The Core Purpose of Anglican Schools (3:45)

    Professor Cooling argues that the core purpose of Anglican schools is learning, but the experience of learning in the context of a Christian worldview.

    Who is it for?

    • Diocesan leaders
    • School leaders in Church school
    • Curriculum design leads
    • Subject leads in Church Schools
    • Teachers in Primary and Secondary sectors
    • Chaplains

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  • Performance versus Character (4:23)

    Here, Professor Cooling considers the tension for schools between reaching performance goals and student overall character development. He argues that teaching can be framed to develop character in the expectation that it will bring about good performance. With a focus on pedagogy, performance will follow.

    Who is it for?

    • Diocesan leaders
    • School leaders in Church school
    • Curriculum design leads
    • Subject leads in Church Schools
    • Teachers in Primary and Secondary sectors
    • Chaplains

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  • Responding to Controversy (3:59)

    Professor Cooling asks the question: What is the Christian approach to dealing with diverse opinions existing in society? He then goes on to suggest how diversity can be dealt with respectfully and wisely.

    Who is it for?

    • Diocesan leaders
    • School leaders in Church school
    • Curriculum design leads
    • Subject leads in Church Schools
    • Teachers in Primary and Secondary sectors
    • Chaplains

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  • What if Learning (5:42)

    This clip outlines how the What If Learning initiative developed and its aim for education and pedagogy in a Christian context.

    Who is it for?

    • Diocesan leaders
    • School leaders in Church school
    • Curriculum design leads
    • Subject leads in Church Schools
    • Teachers in Primary and Secondary sectors
    • Chaplains

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  • What is Biblically shaped Education? (2:42)

    Professor Cooling explains what is meant, as well as what it not meant, by the term Biblically shaped education. He also considers how Church secondary schools can prepare students for adult life in a way that is shaped by this approach.

    Who is it for?

    • Diocesan leaders
    • School leaders in Church school
    • Curriculum design leads
    • Subject leads in Church Schools
    • Teachers in Primary and Secondary sectors
    • Chaplains

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  • ALN Forum- Developing a Theological Vision in Education (1:16:12)

    This lecture, given by Professor Cooling, explores what it means for Christian educators to design a theological vision for their school context. He considers the purpose of education; the notion of wisdom; the value of hospitality and character development. He also considers how young people can experience a school’s Christian vision of what it is to be a flourishing human being through learning within the classroom.

    Who is it for?

    • Diocesan leaders
    • School leaders in Church school
    • Curriculum design leads

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  • Chelmsford Diocese Church School Leaders’ Conference (3:43)

    Ralph Meloy from Chelmsford Christian diocese is in conversation with Professor Cooling and is asking various questions such as:

    • How important is it that children be taught about Christian beliefs in schools?
    • Should the teaching of beliefs be done separately from other subjects?
    • Can Christian beliefs really make a difference to the teaching of other subjects?

    Professor Cooling gives his perspective on these and other questions raised.

    Who is it for?

    • Diocesan leaders
    • School leaders in Church school
    • Curriculum design leads

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  • The Classroom and the Kingdom of God (9:43)

    Tom Wright, former Archbishop of Durham, gives a succinct account of the theological concept of the Kingdom of God and Professor Cooling demonstrates how this might translate into a school environment, with support of the What If Learning initiative.

    Who is it for?

    • School leaders in Church school
    • CPD leads on school vision/ethos
    • Heads of department
    • Church school teachers

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  • Christian Teachers transform Teaching (DVD clip 3) (4:16)

    This presents different views from teachers of the benefits, for a Christian teacher, of working in a multi-cultural/faith school. It also considers how the prophet Daniel can be used as a role model for this context.

    Who is it for?

    • School leaders in Church school
    • CPD leads on school vision/ethos
    • Heads of department
    • Church school teachers
    • Curriculum design leads

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  • Christian Teachers transform Teaching (DVD clip 2) (2:57)

    This considers the impact of Christianity in transforming teaching across the curriculum. It listens to the voices of both pupils and teachers

    Who is it for?

    • School leaders in Church school
    • CPD leads on school vision/ethos
    • Heads of department
    • Church school teachers
    • Curriculum design leads

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  • Christian Teachers transform Teaching (DVD clip 1) (4:36)

    This considers what it means to be a Christian teacher? It listens to the voices of both pupils and teachers.

    Who is it for?

    • School leaders in Church school
    • CPD leads on school vision/ethos
    • Heads of department
    • Church school teachers
    • Curriculum design leads

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  • What if Learning (a sample lesson) (10:15)

    Margaret Cooling clearly explains What if Learning. We see a history lesson being taught by a visiting teacher, while the usual class teacher comments on what is she learning through the lesson being framed in the What If approach.

    Who is it for?

    • School leaders in Church school
    • CPD leads on school vision/ethos
    • Heads of department
    • Church school teachers
    • Curriculum design leads

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  • Faith Schools & Chocolate Cake (The background) (5:43)

    Using different types of chocolate cake as a key analogy, this clip explains how school ethos, faith and pedagogy link and interact together to shape a curriculum within a Christian context.

    Who is it for?

    • School leaders in Church school
    • CPD leads on school vision/ethos
    • Heads of department
    • Church school teachers

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If you would like to arrange for a member of NICER to speak to you or your organisation about this area of work, email nicer@canterbury.ac.uk