Webinar XVIII: Promoting religious literacy about Islam through using RE, Citizenship and PSHE

The importance of teaching pupils different aspects of a religion

Thursday 28th April 2016 | 4:00pm–4:45pm (45 minutes)

Religious Education reflects a consensus that students living in pluralistic societies in a globalising world need to be literate about all religious traditions.

This includes knowledge of basic beliefs and practices, as well as authentic teaching about religion. This requires respect for accuracy and responsibility for balanced coverage, including the existence of common and divergent aspects within specific faith traditions.

Consequently, this webinar will examine the religion of Islam and provide practical advice and guidance on:

  • What teachers need to know about the main differences between Shia and Sunni Islam - including religious authority;
  • Attitudes to other religions within Shia Islam and Shia attitudes to interfaith work;
  • Why is it important to understand the different aspects of a religion when teaching RE, Citizenship and PHSE;
  • Practical resources for teachers to use in the classroom.


Claire Clinton is an experienced teacher within EYFS, Primary and Secondary education. She has over 20 years of classroom experience, and 16 years of advisory work at a national and local level. Claire is presently the Religious Education Advisor for the London Borough of Newham for eight years prior to which she was a RE consultant for the London Borough of Redbridge and Essex County Council.

Sayed Ali Abbas Razawiis an international scholar, with training in Islamic Sciences and degrees in History, Comparative Philosophy and Law. He chairs the external-policy committee of the Shi'a Council of Scholars Europe, an umbrella organisation for European Shi'a Muslims. He also advises on policy regarding religion, integration and counter-terrorism. He is a trustee of the Maimonides Interfaith Foundation, a representative on the National Council for Imams and Rabbis, a core member of the Global Covenant of Religions, a committee member in promoting the UN International Day of Peace, a founder of the Muslim Forum in the British Armed Forces, the Director General of the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society and faculty member for the Cambridge Coexist Leadership Programme. Sayed Ali Abbas spends much of his time supporting interfaith initiatives, educational and charitable endeavours.

You can view the webinar here

You can view the accompanying presentation here