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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On Sunday 17 September, Libby Jones from the St Giles’ Centre in Wrexham took part in the BBC radio programme ‘All Things Considered’, which also included the Rt Revd Mary Stallard (Bishop of Llandaff and former co-director of the St Giles’ Centre). The programme explored Religion, Values and Ethics in the new Curriculum for Wales,…
Issue 20 of Challenging Religious Issues is now available for free download on the St Giles’ Centre website. In this latest issue, academic experts introduce and reflect upon five more challenging religious issues for teachers and students, including: Virtue ethics in business; Making sense of ‘non-religion’; Was Hinduism invented?; Should Buddhists abandon rites and rituals?;…
The Welsh version of Challenging Religious Issues, issue 19, has now been published online. You can access both the Welsh and English versions for free by following this link: https://stgilescentre.org/16-2/ Articles included in the latest issue Mindfulness and McMindfulness Mindfulness and meditation are part of the way Buddhists shape and express their religious identity. Mindfulness…
If you missed the Welsh Government Policy Insight Event on 25 April 2023, showcasing the recently published national professional learning resources for religion, values and ethics (RVE), you can now view the recording on Hwb by following this link: https://hwb.gov.wales/repository/resource/e596f967-e005-43ee-b8b2-ffa2cd9bb4a6/en The event was very well attended with almost 100 attendees. St Giles’ Centre staff, Libby…
The closing date for the Qualifications Wales consultation on the full 14-16 qualifications offer is: Wednesday, 14 June 2023 It is important that as many organisations and individuals as possible respond to ensure the best possible outcomes for RVE. WASACRE has recorded a short video presentation to explain why this consultation is so important to…
Religion, values and ethics (RVE) specialists as well as science specialists may be interested in attending the free Gilbert Scott Lectures on Science and Faith at Liverpool Cathedral held in May 2023. All the lectures take place in the Lady Chapel (7.30 – 9pm) – Dates and speakers are listed below: 10 May 2023 Islam…
The first national RVE professional learning resources have been published on the Welsh Government Hwb. They have been created by practitioners in Wales as part of a collaboration between the Welsh Government and the Wales Association of SACREs (WASACRE). The resources are intended to: ‘support practitioners with the changes to RVE (formerly Religious Education), within…
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