Welcome to the St Giles’ Centre
The St Giles’ Centre is situated in the heart of Wrexham in North East Wales within the grounds of the impressive St Giles’ Parish Church, which looks out across the town and surrounding area.
Established in January 2012 and core funded by the Wrexham (Parochial) Educational Foundation, the St Giles’ Centre works with and supports learners and teachers in the Wrexham County Borough. Our specialisms include religious education (religion, values and ethics) and its parent disciplines, as well as related areas.
We value connecting creatively and actively with the needs and complexities of our local place, and this provides the focus for all our activities. We recognise, though, that our initiatives here in Wrexham are also of relevance to others across Wales and beyond. So, we hope that many people and organisations visit this site to learn about what we are doing and to benefit from our activities too.
The St Giles’ Centre aims to:
- provide subject specialist advisory support to teachers and schools in Wrexham through the local authority;
- create and make available high quality free resources and guidance to support teaching and learning in religious education (religion, values and ethics) and statutory collective worship in Wrexham;
- develop professional learning courses and supporting resources for religious education (religion, values and ethics) and related areas in Wrexham;
- identify and initiate relevant research projects and publications which help to inform and develop our activities;
- enable the voices of teachers and learners in Wrexham to be heard at local and national levels;
- ensure that Wrexham is up to date with the most recent significant developments impacting on religious education (religion, values and ethics) and related areas.
We appreciate our long-standing close relationship with Wrexham County Borough Council and our more recent relationship with Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln, which are helping us to achieve our aims.
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Today, four major reports have been published by Qualifications Wales. These form an important part of the on-going process of reviewing and reforming GCSEs in Wales in light of the new Curriculum for Wales. In response to the public consultation on qualifications for 14- to 16-year-old learners in Wales (27 January – 16 April 2021),Continue reading “Qualified for the future: Reports published on the ‘new generation’ of GCSEs for Wales”
St Giles’ Centre staff are looking forward to participating in a special Europe-wide, online interactive event on 21 October 2021 (1-5pm BST). The Intereuropean Commission on Church and School (ICCS) and the Coordinating Group for Religion in Education in Europe (CoGREE) have created an exciting programme on the theme: ‘Let’s tell our stories – theContinue reading “Let’s tell our stories – The positive impact of religion in education (Klingenthal 2021)”
Aliens, Christian art, the soul, and implicit religion are just some of the topics discussed in the journal Challenging Religious Issues (Issue 16). The St Giles’ Centre has recently translated and published the Welsh version of this issue (the English version was published in Spring 2020). A summary of the content of the articles isContinue reading “Aliens, Christian art, the soul, and implicit religion in Challenging Religious Issues”
Agored Cymru has a new Level 2 award, which focuses on exploring religious and non-religious worldviews. (The Level 1 award will be available shortly.) This new suite of qualifications entitled Exploring Worldviews has been designed for 14- to 16-year-old learners, and aims to help develop skills, knowledge and experiences important for young people to liveContinue reading “Agored Cymru Level 2 Award in Exploring Worldviews”
Those working in the field of Church and School may be interested to read the July 2021 newsletter from the Intereuropean Commission on Church and School (ICCS) and the International Association for Christian Education (IV). Articles include the latest news from: ICCS and IV; Coordinating Group for Religion in Education in Europe (CoGREE) and itsContinue reading “European news for Church and School”
On 7 July 2021, a group of RE specialist teachers and leaders from Wrexham and Flintshire met to explore cynefin in the new curriculum for Wales. The aims of the session were: • to support preparation for the new curriculum;• to begin to uncover and deepen our knowledge and experience of cynefin;• to encourage creativityContinue reading “Exploring Cynefin: the St Giles’ Centre offers professional learning opportunity”
Consultation for Curriculum for Wales Religion, Values and Ethics (RVE) Guidance: Wrexham SACRE response
Thank you to all of you who shared with us views about the draft Curriculum for Wales Religion, Values and Ethics (RVE) Guidance Consultation. Your voice matters and the St Giles’ Centre is committed to sharing Wrexham experiences and opinions at local and national levels. You may be interested to read the Wrexham SACRE responseContinue reading “Consultation for Curriculum for Wales Religion, Values and Ethics (RVE) Guidance: Wrexham SACRE response”
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