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Hope Formation

A Network of Support for Sixth Form Students and Staff involved in the Study of Theology, Philosophy and Religion.

This Support Network comes at an important moment in education in this country. At a time when students are increasingly being regarded as ‘consumers’ and part of a ‘market system’ within 16-19 and higher education provision, there is clearly a need for staff and students to come together and share their concerns about this trajectory. Liverpool Hope University is pleased to be the co-ordinator of such a group and to invite all who wish to be involved, to challenge the reductionist position that regards teachers and lecturers as ‘producers’ and students as ‘customers’.  In defiance of this claim, The Network promotes the view that the development of the whole person – body, mind and spirit - is at the core of the educational endeavour and that education is an intrinsic good.

The study of Theology, Philosophy and Religious Studies is vital to this debate and challenge. Like many other humanities and creative and performing arts subjects, the discipline is suffering under an ideology which gives pride of place to a largely instrumental form of reason, where STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) are sold as being more beneficial than other subjects and where business and management studies continue, even within Church institutions, to take the lion’s share of students and University applications. Is this due to the terror of un-employability on graduation? Are young people’s choices therefore being made out of fear?

The Network takes Wittgenstein’s quotation (see below) as one to be reflected upon. It warns us that at times like these, there is a need for us to train our own and our students’ eyes to see what is of real value and worth. It is hard to find the flowers in the forest, since they are well hidden. But like all training, once the searching is accompanied with courage and commitment, then marvellous sights, beyond our imagination, will be revealed. It is in this belief that the Network moves forward.

Dr David Torevell, Director

 

Aims and Objectives

  1. To demonstrate the personal, educational and professional advantages of reading for a degree in Theology / Philosophy / Religious Studies or a combined degree encompassing these areas
  2. To give practical and wide-ranging support for students studying Theology, Philosophy and Religious Studies in the Sixth Form
  3. To disseminate information and advice to students about the different types of degrees available in Theology, Philosophy and Religious Studies, including provision in Universities with a religious foundation, such as Liverpool Hope, and to assist those students wishing to apply to Oxbridge
  4. To establish a forum for staff involved in the teaching of Theology, Philosophy and Religious Studies to discuss issues of concern and interest
  5. To counter stereotypes and prejudices about studying Theology, Philosophy and Religious Studies.

 

Members

Colleges, Academies and Schools

All Saints Roman Catholic School, York

Ashton Sixth Form College, Ashton-under-Lyne - Mark Lambe (Head of Religious Studies and Philosophy)

Aquinas College, Stockport - Andy Bailey (Head of Philosophy and Religious Studies)

Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School, Liverpool - Brendan Kelly-Ince (Religious Education Department)

Carmel College, St Helens - Paul Griffiths (Head of Philosophy and Religion)

Christ The King High School & Sixth Form Centre

St Christopher's Church of England High School, Accrington - Lauren Davey (Religious Education Department)

St Dominic's Sixth Form College, Middlesex - Nancy Conoboy (Director of Religious Education)

Eaton Bank Academy, Cheshire - Christine Andrew (Head of Religious Education)

Holy Cross College, Bury - Ellen Tench (Head of Theology and Philosophy)

John Henry Newman Catholic College, Birmingham - Sonya Thomas (Strategic Director for Catholic Life)

St John Rigby College, Wigan - Michelle McGlown (Head of Religious Education)

Leyland St Mary's Catholic Technology College, Leyland

Loreto College, Manchester

St Mary's Catholic High School, Astley, Manchester

St Mary's College, Blackburn - Katherine Cavaleri (Head of Religious Studies)

St Mary's College, Hull

Notre Dame Sixth Form College, Leeds - Catherine Herring (Head of Religious Studies)

St. Wilfrid’s Catholic High School and Sixth Form College, Featherstone

Events and Resources

Events

Wednesday 1st October - Annual Hope Formation Sixth Form Conference (St John Rigby College, Orrell, Wigan) - details to follow.

Resources

  • International Studies in Catholic Education - The Journal aims to provide an international forum for articles of a theological, philosophical, historical and social scientific nature, as well as empirical research perspectives on Catholic education.
  • The Tablet 'Student Zone' - A resource for sixth-form and undergraduate students of Religious Studies and related subjects around the world, for their teachers, and for anyone else who would like to find out more about the "big questions" of life.

 

Contact

Please direct all enquiries to student recruitment.

 

Dr David Torevell

Hope Formation Project Director

Associate Professor, Faculty of Education

Liverpool Hope University

Liverpool, L16 9JD

T: 0151 291 3940

E: toreved@hope.ac.uk

 

Dr Patrice Haynes

Hope Formation Deputy Director

Lecturer in Philosophy, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Liverpool Hope University,

Liverpool, L16 9JD

T: 0151 291 3328

E: haynesp@hope.ac.uk

Hope Formation

A Network of Support for Sixth Form Students and Staff involved in the Study of Theology, Philosophy and Religion.

This Support Network comes at an important moment in education in this country. At a time when students are increasingly being regarded as ‘consumers’ and part of a ‘market system’ within 16-19 and higher education provision, there is clearly a need for staff and students to come together and share their concerns about this trajectory. Liverpool Hope University is pleased to be the co-ordinator of such a group and to invite all who wish to be involved, to challenge the reductionist position that regards teachers and lecturers as ‘producers’ and students as ‘customers’.  In defiance of this claim, The Network promotes the view that the development of the whole person – body, mind and spirit - is at the core of the educational endeavour and that education is an intrinsic good.

The study of Theology, Philosophy and Religious Studies is vital to this debate and challenge. Like many other humanities and creative and performing arts subjects, the discipline is suffering under an ideology which gives pride of place to a largely instrumental form of reason, where STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) are sold as being more beneficial than other subjects and where business and management studies continue, even within Church institutions, to take the lion’s share of students and University applications. Is this due to the terror of un-employability on graduation? Are young people’s choices therefore being made out of fear?

The Network takes Wittgenstein’s quotation (see below) as one to be reflected upon. It warns us that at times like these, there is a need for us to train our own and our students’ eyes to see what is of real value and worth. It is hard to find the flowers in the forest, since they are well hidden. But like all training, once the searching is accompanied with courage and commitment, then marvellous sights, beyond our imagination, will be revealed. It is in this belief that the Network moves forward.

Dr David Torevell, Director

 

Aims and Objectives

  1. To demonstrate the personal, educational and professional advantages of reading for a degree in Theology / Philosophy / Religious Studies or a combined degree encompassing these areas
  2. To give practical and wide-ranging support for students studying Theology, Philosophy and Religious Studies in the Sixth Form
  3. To disseminate information and advice to students about the different types of degrees available in Theology, Philosophy and Religious Studies, including provision in Universities with a religious foundation, such as Liverpool Hope, and to assist those students wishing to apply to Oxbridge
  4. To establish a forum for staff involved in the teaching of Theology, Philosophy and Religious Studies to discuss issues of concern and interest
  5. To counter stereotypes and prejudices about studying Theology, Philosophy and Religious Studies.

 

Members

Colleges, Academies and Schools

All Saints Roman Catholic School, York

Ashton Sixth Form College, Ashton-under-Lyne - Mark Lambe (Head of Religious Studies and Philosophy)

Aquinas College, Stockport - Andy Bailey (Head of Philosophy and Religious Studies)

Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School, Liverpool - Brendan Kelly-Ince (Religious Education Department)

Carmel College, St Helens - Paul Griffiths (Head of Philosophy and Religion)

Christ The King High School & Sixth Form Centre

St Christopher's Church of England High School, Accrington - Lauren Davey (Religious Education Department)

St Dominic's Sixth Form College, Middlesex - Nancy Conoboy (Director of Religious Education)

Eaton Bank Academy, Cheshire - Christine Andrew (Head of Religious Education)

Holy Cross College, Bury - Ellen Tench (Head of Theology and Philosophy)

John Henry Newman Catholic College, Birmingham - Sonya Thomas (Strategic Director for Catholic Life)

St John Rigby College, Wigan - Michelle McGlown (Head of Religious Education)

Leyland St Mary's Catholic Technology College, Leyland

Loreto College, Manchester

St Mary's Catholic High School, Astley, Manchester

St Mary's College, Blackburn - Katherine Cavaleri (Head of Religious Studies)

St Mary's College, Hull

Notre Dame Sixth Form College, Leeds - Catherine Herring (Head of Religious Studies)

St. Wilfrid’s Catholic High School and Sixth Form College, Featherstone

Events and Resources

Events

Wednesday 1st October - Annual Hope Formation Sixth Form Conference (St John Rigby College, Orrell, Wigan) - details to follow.

Resources

  • International Studies in Catholic Education - The Journal aims to provide an international forum for articles of a theological, philosophical, historical and social scientific nature, as well as empirical research perspectives on Catholic education.
  • The Tablet 'Student Zone' - A resource for sixth-form and undergraduate students of Religious Studies and related subjects around the world, for their teachers, and for anyone else who would like to find out more about the "big questions" of life.

 

Contact

Please direct all enquiries to student recruitment.

 

Dr David Torevell

Hope Formation Project Director

Associate Professor, Faculty of Education

Liverpool Hope University

Liverpool, L16 9JD

T: 0151 291 3940

E: toreved@hope.ac.uk

 

Dr Patrice Haynes

Hope Formation Deputy Director

Lecturer in Philosophy, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Liverpool Hope University,

Liverpool, L16 9JD

T: 0151 291 3328

E: haynesp@hope.ac.uk

L. Wittgenstein, Culture and Value

‘…a person who is not used to searching in the forest for flowers…will not find any because his eyes

are not trained to see them…When something is well hidden it is hard to find.’