DR BILL GENT
After teaching in Birmingham schools for 15 years, Bill spent 20 years as a local authority school improvement adviser & senior inspector. He worked in secondary, primary & special schools and was an accredited Ofsted inspector. In 1997, with his wife, he wrote the two primary-age books for RE in the Scholastic Curriculum Bank series. He was editor of Professional REflection, the journal of the National Association of Teachers of RE (NATRE) from 2006-2016 for which he was awarded the prestigious Shap Award in 2012 for its contribution to religion and education. Having gained a doctorate from Warwick University in 2006, he has continued with his research into aspects of Muslim education, particularly memorisation and Qur’anic recitation, having a number of articles and book chapters published. A member of the International Seminar on Religious Education and Values, he is currently working with a group of European scholars on researching the relationship between Muslim young people’s experience of secular state education and Muslim supplementary classes. He is an associate fellow of the Warwick Religions and Education Research Unit (WRERU) at Warwick University and, in 2012, chaired the expert panel as part of the RE Council’s national review of RE. He has been an adviser and trustee of the CoED Foundation since its inception in 2012.