Jason Metcalfe

Jason Metcalfe

School of Education
Research Associate

Contact details

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.


  • 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.



Moulin-Stożek, D. & Metcalfe, J. (2018) 'Mapping the moral assumptions of multi-faith religious education', British Journal of Religious Education, [Online].

Book Reviews

Metcalfe, J. (2018) Review: 'We need to talk about religious education: manifestos for the future of RE’, International Journal of Children’s Spirituality, 23 (3): 339-340.

Briefing Papers

Metcalfe, J. (2019) ‘To What Extent Can Religious Education Help Shape Pupils’ Practical Wisdom?’ Jubilee Centre Insight Series. Birmingham: University of Birmingham [Online].

Moulin-Stożek, D. & Metcalfe, J. (2019)  ‘The contribution of religious education to pupils’ character development’. Jubilee Centre Insight Series. Birmingham: University of Birmingham [Online].

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