Jason Metcalfe

Jason Metcalfe

School of Education
Research Associate

Contact details

Address
The Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues
School of Education
12th Floor (West) Muirhead Towe
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham
B15 2TT, United Kingdom

Jason joined the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues in September 2017 as a Research Associate. Prior to joining the Centre, Jason worked in secondary education as a teacher of Religious Education, History and Geography within three schools across Birmingham and Solihull. In his last school, he was also a PSHE Co-ordinator, and was responsible for designing and implementing a PSHE programme which focused on the development of virtues across groups in Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4.

Jason recently completed a Master’s Degree which examined the impact that the locally agreed syllabus for religious education in the Solihull borough had on pupil’s perceptions of virtues. He is currently undertaking his PhD thesis, which focuses on whether the teaching of moral virtues is seen as a fundamental aim of the subject of religious education in England and Wales. The PhD also examines whether pupil’s self-reported manifestations of respect and empathy are shaped by the teaching of the subject of religious education in a consistent manner across England and Wales.

Jason is currently working on The Life of the Religious Education Teacher project.

Qualifications

  • PhD (in progress) in the School of Education, University of Birmingham. 2017– 2021.
  • MA in Teaching Studies, (with Distinction), University of Birmingham. 2017.
  • Statutory Induction of Newly Qualified Teachers, National College for Teaching & Leadership.  2016.
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Secondary Education with Qualified Teacher Status, specialising in the subject of Religious Education, (PGDipEd with QTS) University of Birmingham. 2015.
  • Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Philosophy, (2:1), University of Hull. 2014.

Research

Jason joined the Jubilee Centre in September 2017 as a Research Associate; he is currently working on The Life of the Religious Education Teacher project.

Prior to joining the Centre, Jason worked in Birmingham and Solihull secondary schools as a teacher of religious education, history and geography. In his previous role, Jason also held the position of PSHE co-ordinator. In this position he was responsible for creating and implementing a PSHE programme, focused on the development of virtues in pupils, across all of Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 form groups.

Jason has also recently completed his Master’s Degree, which examined the impact that the Solihull locally agreed syllabus for religious education had on pupil’s perceptions of virtues. He is currently writing his PhD thesis, focused on religious education in England and Wales. His thesis investigates whether there has been an aim of teaching moral virtues through religious education and what impact the subject is having on pupils empirically.

Publications

Recent publications

Article

Moulin-Stozek, D & Metcalfe, J 2018, 'Mapping the moral assumptions of multi-faith religious education' British Journal of Religious Education. https://doi.org/10.1080/01416200.2018.1556605

Book/Film/Article review

Metcalfe, J 2019, 'Fundamental British values in education: radicalisation, national identity and Britishness' British Journal of Religious Education. https://doi.org/10.1080/01416200.2019.1633130

Metcalfe, J 2018, 'We need to talk about religious education: manifestos for the future of RE' International Journal of Children's Spirituality, vol. 23, no. 3, pp. 339-340. https://doi.org/10.1080/1364436X.2018.1490060

Discussion paper

Metcalfe, J 2019 'To What Extent Can Religious Education Help Shape Pupils' Practical Wisdom?' Insight Series, Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, University of Birmingham., pp. 1-12.

Moulin-Stozek, D & Metcalfe, J 2019 'The Contribution of Religious Education to Pupils’ Character Development' Insight Series, Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, University of Birmingham.

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