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Possible uses of AFAN Material

Guidelines for AFAN session

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“The AFAN approach is to help young people explore how faith and belief can give meaning and purpose to people’s lives and to ask their own questions of the religious and non-religious traditions of the UK. It encourages participants to develop values for a plural society by examining their own worldviews, and being challenged by those of people from a different background.”


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As of 2011 AFAN has become a registered Charity. We have over the last few years run many CPD workshops, and session directly for young people, the latest being in the London area at B6, Leytstone six form college and Stockton Riverside College. For a full list fo colleges see our annual report here.

Lots of have gone over the early part of 2009, inluding a draft version of staff devlopment, session plans for vocational students, and AFAN video. We ran a learner session at Stoke College, there are more happening in Autumn of 2009. You can also find some notes on teaching and learning methods under the teacher menu.

December 2008 - new webiste goes live.

Two more staff development day one at Leggit college in Scunthorpe, and also College of Northwest Kent - Decemeber 2008.


More Staff devlopment days to be 14th and 18th December 2008 Scunthorpe andTonbridge

Staff development days on 17th and 20th June at Kingston college and Stoke on Trent college...

We also ran this day in conjunction with Erica from the lifeproject


feedback from staff development days June 2008....

"Many thanks for organizing such an excellent training event on Friday.I very much enjoyed the day and know that I have benefited from the experience."



"Thanks for the excellent day last Friday at Stoke-on-Trent.
It was really productive and engaging and I feel more confident about piloting the AFAN methodology in my colleges.The day was also marked by some great relationships. Thank you to you and the rest of the team"

You can find out what we did under AFAN-Teaching-material


Filton College July 2009 - staff development day


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What are the possible use of AFAN material

Examples of possibilities available, designed for colleges with or without formal chaplaincies:


• Curriculum Inputs – Members of chaplaincy teams or representatives of religious or non-religious perspectives invited to contribute to vocational or academic modules
• Core Curriculum Work – e.g. contributions to 14-19 PLTS work (Personal Learning and Training Skills) for Vocational Diplomas
• Student Groups – Student-led groups convened and supported by chaplaincy team members/representatives from local groups
• Inter-Faith Encounters – Representatives of different faiths from multi-faith chaplaincy team or local groups to debate/discuss with students
• Tutorials – Facilitating discussions of topics of faith, belief, values, etc. with students in tutorial time
• Lecture/Series of Meetings – e.g. Lunchtime discussions/meetings focusing on series of linked topics
• Web-based activities – Collaboration with teachers on using web-based and visual materials
• One-off day/week events – e.g. faith weeks, multi-faith forums, festivals explored from the perspectives of different faiths and traditions, one world week.

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Guidelines for AFAN session


If you are using one of our video clips, please make sure to watch it before hand and if possible a few times. It will help you get the most from the film. Some clips are for 18's, we have tried where possible to a give a warning about the content.

Here (word document) are some basic outlines for how to run a AFAN session for participants or facilitators

A one page document on contemplative practice - read it here (word)

The difference between faciltation and teaching - read here (pdf) from the staff devlopment day at Stoke on Trent June 2008

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More about AFAN and Management

AFAN Project Team and Details

1. Project Team.

Editorial Team: Andrew Wright, Alan Murray (co-directors), Mike Ward;
Project Team: Basma El-Shayyat (Islamia Foundation); John Breadon (Churches' National Adviser in Further Education); Navleen Kaur (Sikh Students’ Council Andrew Copson (British Humanist Association); Amaranatho Samanera (Theravadin Buddhist Community) Seeta Lakhani (Hindu Academy); Rabbi Debbie Young  Sommers (West London Synagogue).


2. Project Management.

The project is managed by the co-directors,Dr Andrew Wright and Alan Murray, and reports to the LSC/NEAFE Faiths in Further Education Working Group. There is also a Project Reference Group, which is currently being established, consisting of representatives of Faith Communities and other stakeholders. Project team members work for the project on an independent basis - ie they do not necessarily report back to any authority on what they contribute.


3. Project Role.

The Project Team Members report to the project directors (normally Alan Murray, as executive director), and contribute between 3-6 days per month to the project. The brief is to contribute to the project (see attached project descriptions) both as an individual - writing draft materials drawing on the faith tradition which team members come from, and from their experience of working with young people - and as a team member - commenting on the developing materials, the overall approach, texts and other outputs.
Stage 1(Feb-Aug 2007) involves the writing of initial texts along the lines of the project model that has evolved from the preparatory work (ie up to c1000words, in an approachable style for FE students and teachers - see Main Themes document for range and number of inputs - though these may be amended/added to by the team during the course of the project.)

Stage 2(Sept 2007 - July 2008) will involve the developing of pilot materials suitable for use in FE contexts in a variety of formats and media. (See Materials Diagram document for range of options for materials - again these may be amended/added to over time.)


4. Government Support and Funding.

AFAN has managed to continue full operations despite the ending of LSC funding in 2009, primarily through the Jerusalem Trust's 2009-10 grant and now into 2011.

Intially their was government interest in this project was underscored in the DfES minister’s contribution to the House of Lords debate on the FE Bill in Feb 2007, which also expressed the commitment of DfES to make more effective provision for the spiritual and moral development of young people in FE. All Faiths and None is jointly funded by the LSC and Jerusalem Trust as a pilot project, and will be piloted through the FE Chaplains and NEAFE networks. It is hoped that, if successful, it will lead to a larger-scale project (eg along the lines of the Post-16 Citizenship project) which would be implemented in partnership with NEAFE and a government agency such as QIA or LSN).

Contact Details: Alan Murray  .   (now Chair, AFAN trustees) Tel: 0207 359 7145

Dr Andrew Wright, Director, Centre for Theology, Education and Culture, Kings College, Stamford St, London SE1. Tel: 0207 848 3148, Email:



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AFAN Information

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AFAN is…

An educational facility and forum for discussion for FE students and teachers (and anyone else who can utilise it!)

A tool to provide students with the vocabulary to tackle life’s big questions

Exploring common ground while creating individuals with the ability to understand and engage with difference and diversity

A model of dialogue

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Website Information

The website was orginally designed by Dezign Fanatics, Glasgow, with initial concept from Amaranatho.

It was ported top Drupal in December 2008


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