Discovering Muslims in Britain: for Key Stage 3

Are you a Religious Education teacher or someone involved with RE in school? If so, we want to hear from you!

We are looking for feedback from RE teachers to guide how we design and implement the Muslims in Britain Key Stage 3 resources. We invite you to complete a simple survey that should take no more than 5 minutes. All data is anonymised by the survey software, is GDPR compliant, and will be handled securely and confidentially by the project team. If you would like to find out more, please email Dr Matthew Vince (

To complete the survey, just click this link.

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Enhancing the teaching of Islam and Muslims in Religious Education (RE) through a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)


There has been longstanding criticism of the way RE represents religions in the classroom. Often, these portrayals focus on theology and beliefs at the expense of their plural and everyday expressions of religion in society. Islam has been particularly vulnerable to misrepresentations and stereotypical views (Revell 2012, Berglund 2016). The recent Commission on Religious Education (2018, p. 76) stresses the need to include the ‘lived experience of individuals and communities’ as a recommendation to improve RE. Responding to these needs, this project aims to support RE in schools to meet these recommendations through the development of a fully-resourced Key Stage 3 scheme of work investigating Muslims in Britain. Based on the Islam-UK Centre’s hugely successful Muslims in Britain Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), we aim to embed sociological perspectives of religion in the RE classroom by using cutting-edge sociological research and academic scholarship in teaching resources. Furthermore, we also want to help support RE teachers to do so by designing an accompanying, and accessible, Continuing Professional Development course. The project began in February 2019.

If you are interested in hearing more about this project, please contact Dr Matthew Vince: We are currently looking to speak to RE teachers to shape the subsequent design and focus of the course!

Aims and objectives

To improve the teaching and learning of Islam and Muslims in RE by;

  1. Identifying the current success, challenges, and needs of RE teachers for their teaching about Islam and Muslims in RE.
  2. Building on the Muslims in Britain MOOC to develop materials that can be utilised in the classroom, incorporating current sociological approaches and scholarship to the study of religion.
  3. Developing an ‘active curriculum’ that can be continually updated in response to cutting-edge research and new data about British Muslims.
  4. Providing Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and Professional Learning to support teachers in their teaching about Islam and Muslims, guided by the Muslims in Britain MOOC course.
Scheme of Work

The scheme of work is based around a ‘big research question’ – what does it mean to be a Muslim in Britain today? This is then split into 10 lessons (approx. 1 hour) and an assessment, each with their own ‘mini research questions’. These are:

  1. How can we understand religion in society?
  2. What does Islam mean to Muslims?
  3. What sources of wisdom and authority do Muslims turn to for guidance?
  4. How do Muslims in Britain practice their faith?
  5. What is the history between Muslims and Britain?
  6. Where are there Muslims communities in Britain?
  7. What is a mosque?
  8. Who are Muslims in Britain?: Culture and Ethnicity
  9. How do Muslims express their faith through the arts?
  10. How do Muslims in Britain experience Islamophobia?

Assessment: What does it mean to be a Muslim in Britain?

The project team

Professor Sophie Gilliat-Ray

Dr Matthew Vince

Mr Mark Bryant