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Paul Smalley

BA (Hons) Secondary RE with QTS* Course Leader and UG QTS Programme Lead

Secondary, Further Education & Training

Paul Smalley

Department: Secondary, Further Education & Training

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Paul is a proud Boltonian, although he has not lived there since his childhood. After a degree in Biblical Studies at Sheffield University, he taught RE (and other things) in three high schools  in West Yorkshire, Wigan and Halton for 12 years, being both Head of Department and Head of Year. He has been at Edge Hill since 2006 where he has taught on Postgraduate and Undergraduate RE ITE routes, and is now programme lead for Secondary Undergraduate QTS (English, maths and RE).

Research Interests

Paul researches  in the fields of RE Policy and Practice, Collective Worship and Spirituality. He has also published work on mentoring and teacher development.


Paul teaches on a variety of Undergraduate ITE modules, both generic to all subject specialisms and those specific to secondary RE teaching.  He has also led, or leads, Religion modules devoted to the three Abrahamic traditions, Christianity, Islam and Judaism.