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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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Exploring Cynefin: the St Giles’ Centre offers professional learning opportunity

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”

Welsh version of Challenging Religious Issues 18 now published

Issue 18 (Welsh version) of the journal Challenging Religious Issues (Herio Materion Crefyddol) supporting AS / A-level learners and teachers has recently been published. Welsh articles include: Jesus’ public ministry; Hume’s criticism of the argument from (to) design; the impact of Covid-19 on Christianity in the UK. Visit our 16+ resources page to get freeContinue reading “Welsh version of Challenging Religious Issues 18 now published”

New issue of A-level Religious Studies journal now available: Challenging Religious Issues

Issue 18 of the open access A-level journal, Challenging Religious Issues is now available for download from the St Giles’ Centre website. Articles discuss: Jesus’ public ministry; Hume’s criticism of the argument from (to) design; the impact of Covid-19 on Christianity in the UK. Established in 2013, Challenging Religious Issues is designed to support teachersContinue reading “New issue of A-level Religious Studies journal now available: Challenging Religious Issues”

Why RE (RVE) is relevant throughout our lives: new webinar for 14- to 16-year-old learners

The St Giles’ Centre is pleased to offer teachers and learners a new thought-provoking webinar designed to promote discussion and subject interest in statutory RE (RVE) lessons. The webinar has been created for the St Giles’ Centre by Dr Greg Barker and is part of a wider resource project to support RE (RVE) and ReligiousContinue reading “Why RE (RVE) is relevant throughout our lives: new webinar for 14- to 16-year-old learners”

Welsh Government consultation on guidance for Religion, Values and Ethics now open

On Friday, 21 May 2021, the Welsh Government’s public consultation on the draft Religion, Values and Ethics (RVE) guidance opened. Everyone who has an interest in Religious Education (now renamed Religion, Values and Ethics) is being encouraged to engage with the consultation and to submit their responses. The consultation forms an important part of theContinue reading “Welsh Government consultation on guidance for Religion, Values and Ethics now open”

Celebrating the Welsh Bible translators: a special service for schools

The Diocese of St Asaph has released a special bilingual service for schools to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the translation of the Bible into Welsh, an achievement that has had such a significant impact for society and culture in Wales. The film makes many natural links with local place (cynefin). Seven of the eightContinue reading “Celebrating the Welsh Bible translators: a special service for schools”

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