BA (Birmingham), MA (Wales), PGCE (Coventry)
Libby is the Advisory Teacher for Religious Education in Wrexham, employed by Wrexham County Borough Council. She is a Humanities and Religious Education specialist, holding a BA (Hons) in Humanities from Birmingham University, a PGCE in Secondary Religious Education from Coventry University, and an MA in Religion and Education from the University of Wales. Libby has over 20 years teaching experience, and for the majority of that time she has taught RE within the Wrexham County Borough. Libby is local to North East Wales and supports both local and national interfaith and RE related groups. She is also an active member of national and international organisations concerned with religious education, and currently advises and supports Welsh Government on the development of RE within the Curriculum for Wales 2022.
Libby’s research interests stem from her recent MA, which included a number of different research projects using both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. Her work to date includes research concerned with: religious education, learning outside the classroom, pilgrimage, learner voice and collective worship. She hopes to broaden her research interests to support teachers with the roll out and implementation of the Curriculum for Wales.
Libby has contributed subject expertise and skills to the drafting of the Supporting Framework for Religion, Value and Ethics, which will form part of the statutory guidance for the Curriculum for Wales in 2022. In doing so, she has developed a keen interest in the natural interdependencies of all the disciplines within the Humanities area of learning and experience. In addition to this, Libby’s interests extend to the relationships RVE has with other areas of the curriculum, including Expressive Arts and Health and Wellbeing. An area that is of particular interest to her is the spiritual development of all learners and its contribution to the four purposes.
Curriculum development publications and positions
Libby has contributed to a variety of Welsh Government sponsored publications through her work with the St Mary’s and St Giles’ Centre, including the following Welsh Government sponsored titles:
Exploring Why Series (2016)
Francis, L. J., ap Siôn, T., & Jones, L. (2016). Activity resources for learners and teachers (Exploring Why series), Bear Lands Publishing.
Francis, L. J., ap Siôn, T., & Jones, L. (2016). Adnoddau gweithgaredd ar gyfer dysgwyr ac athrawon (Cyfres Archwilio Pam). Bear Lands Publishing.
Exploring Our World Series (2016)
Francis, L.J., ap Siôn, T., & Jones, L. (2016). Activity resources for learners and teachers (Exploring Our World series). Bear Lands Publishing.
Francis, L.J., ap Siôn, T., & Jones, L. (2016). Adnoddau gweithgaredd ar gyfer dysgwyr ac athrawon (Cyfres Archwilio Ein Byd). Bear Lands Publishing.
Challenging Religious Issues (A-level Journal)
Editorial advisor for the bilingual A-level Journal: Challenging Religious Issues / Herio Materion Crefyddol (2013 – cont).
Randalph’s Spiritual Quest and Search for Meaning Series (2019)
Editorial advisor for the bilingual Randalph’s Spiritual Quest and Search for Meaning Series / Cyfres Ymchwil Ysbrydol Randalph a’i Chwiliad am Ystyr (2016-cont).
Libby has also contributed to a number of projects and publications through her work with national bodies concerned with religious education, such as the Wales Association of SACREs, the most recent of which is:
Wales Association of Standing Advisory Councils on Religious Education (2020). Advice for schools in Wales on collective worship during the covid-19 pandemic. WASACRE.
Cymdeithas Cynghorau Ymgynghorol Sefydlog ar Addysg Grefyddol Cymru (2020). Cyngor i ysgolion Cymru ar addoli ar y cyd yn ystod y pandemig covid-19. CCYSAGauC.
The National Advisory Panel for Religious Education Wales (NAPfRE)
Libby has been a member of NAPfRE since 2012 and is currently the Chair of this national body.
The Wales Association of SACREs (WASACRE)
Libby has been an executive officer of WASACRE since 2012 and has fulfilled the roles of both Assistant Secretary and Secretary, on this national Body. Libby’s current roles include Assistant Secretary and Chair of NAPfRE.
Association of Religious Education Inspectors Advisors and Consultants (AREIAC)
Libby has been a member of AREIAC since 2019 and prior to this provided a workshop for the body’s 2016 AGM.
National Association of Teachers of Religious Education (NATRE)
Libby has been a professional member of this body since January 2020.
Interfaith Network for the UK
Libby is the official representative of WASACRE on this body.
Interfaith Council for Wales
Libby is the official representative of WASACRE on this national body.