Task Group 2 pen portraits
At the end of February four people were appointed to roles in Task Group 2. Hazel Henson is the group's chair and James Holt, Jennifer Uzzell and Sue Wilson are its other members.
Task Group Two Pen Portraits:
Hazel Henson has worked as a teacher and headteacher for nearly twenty years in the primary phase, leading the development of Religious Education in five contrasting schools - including urban and rural settings, denominational as well as community schools – and in four different local authorities. Hazel combines part time headship at Pilsley Church of England primary school with a role in curriculum development in RE. During 2009, she developed Derbyshire Local Authority’s advice and support for schools visiting places of worship and the Holocaust Centre, and in 2010, she became a Curriculum Advocate for Religious Education for the National College for School Leadership. She is currently seconded on a part time basis to Derby Diocesan Board of Education where she has been developing the diocesan infrastructure to respond to the developments in recent educational policy; and more recently appointed to lead “The Christianity Project”, a curriculum development initiative being pioneered by the Church of England and the Cambridge Interfaith Project.
We are delighted that Hazel has agreed to undertake the responsibilities commensurate with the role of Chair of Task Group Two on Phase Two of the RE Review.
James Holt is Deputy Secondary Programmes Leader and Senior Lecturer in RE at the University of Chester. In this role he is responsible for RE at undergraduate and postgraduate level, preparing student teachers of RE across Early Years, Primary, and Secondary level. Prior to his appointment at Chester, James was a Secondary Head of RE, Head of Faculty and an Advanced Skills teacher. James was a QCA Regional Subject Adviser, and before that a member of the PCfRE executive (now NATRE). James is a Principal Examiner for International GCSE Religious Studies and GCSE Religious Studies. He delivers CPD on a range of topics. In the Secondary phase these including: Key Stage 3 Assessment, Teaching World Religions, GCSE Religious Studies, SMSC, and AS/A Level for teachers; while he has supported Primary phase work on the use of levels in RE and teaching ideas for RE from Reception to Year 6. James represents The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on the REC, having previously served as a Bishop. As a national spokesperson, he has designed and maintained a website, blog, Facebook page and Twitter account for aspects of the Church’s activities in the UK.
Jennifer Uzzell brings over twenty years’ experience as a teacher and subject leader in RE and RS to Task Group Two and she is both a Principal Examiner and Chief Examiner at GCSE level. She is an active member of AREIAC, NATRE, her local SACRE and her local interfaith network. As a trainer and independent consultant, she worked as a mentor for the REC ‘RESilience’ project and she has been accepted as an assessor for the RE Quality Mark scheme (REQM). Jennifer combines her role of senior examiner and free-lance RE consultant with that of co-director of a funeral directors (!) She has developed the company’s website and established its presence in the social media. Jennifer recently completed an MA with distinction in World Religions at the University of Wales, Trinity St David; this experience and her membership of the British Association of the Study of Religions (BASR) give her a valuable insight into the issues facing Religious Studies at the level of Higher Education.
Sue Wilson spent twenty eight years in teaching, in three different schools before becoming a consultant and advisor for RE. For twenty six of those years she was a head of Religious Education, and latterly an assistant head for twelve years as a member of a senior leadership team. In her advisory role Sue has supported a range of both community and denominational schools, whether in special measures or preparing for OFSTED, providing CPD, acting as a QCA KS3 regional subject advisor or RE-silience mentor. More recently Sue was appointed as an assessor for the RE Quality Mark. Sue’s teaching and support materials, including detailed lesson plans for KS3, have sold widely across the North West. Sue continues to support Cheshire East SACRE as an independent consultant for secondary Religious Education. She has been involved in writing locally agreed syllabi for Cheshire and the Greater Manchester collaborative and she led the working party which wrote the Cheshire East locally agreed syllabus in 2010. Sue is a member of NATRE, AREIAC and the National College for School Leadership.