MacKay Hannah

Affording parity of esteem: Redressing the balance in moral, philosophical and religious education


0900-0945 Conference registration and refreshments
0945-1000 Chair's Introduction
Alex Wood, Education Consultant
Affording parity of esteem
1000-1025 Welcome Address
Do current RO and RME guidelines meet the educational requirements of today's children?
Professor Brian Boyd, Director of the Tapestry Partnership
1025-1035 Question and Answer
Seizing the benefits
1035-1100 The potential of good school assemblies
Rory MacKenzie, former Head Teacher, Balerno High School
1100-1110 Question and Answer
1110-1130 Morning Refreshments
1130-1155 Philosophy for primary pupils: developing our thinkers and creators of tomorrow
Dr Claire Cassidy, Lecturer, University of Strathclyde
1155-1210 Question and Answer
Moral guidance and religious observance
1210-1235 Maximising the potential of RO: what we hope to achieve with religious observance in schools
Ewan Aitken, Church of Scotland and former CoSLA spokesperson on education and Convener of Education in Edinburgh
1235-1315 Discussion - Is the status quo working for Scotland's children and young people?

Survey results: The provision of religious observance in Scotland's schools - what pupils and parents think
Clare Marsh, Education Officer, Humanist Society Scotland

Parent and pupil experiences
Dr Andrew Downie and Ian Scott
1315-1400 Lunch
  Chair's Welcome Back
1400-1425 Keynote Address
Patrick Harvie MSP, Co-convener of the Scottish Green Party
1425-1435 Question and Answer
International case study
1435-1500 Religious observance - learning from the Norwegian model
Bente Sandvig, Manager, Lifestance/Political Issues, Norwegian Humanist Association
1500-1510 Question and Answer
The way ahead
1510-1535 Discussion - The way ahead
Panel and audience discussion
1535-1545 Closing Address
Clare Marsh, Education Officer, Humanist Society Scotland
1545 Chair's Closing Remarks

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Thank you, a very interesting and illuminating event!

Paul Chambers - The Royal High School,
Delegate Closing Scotland's Education Poverty and Attainment Gap