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Dr Barbara Wintersgill

Honorary Research Fellow



Barbara Wintersgill is an Associate Fellow of the Graduate School of Education at the University of Exeter, and a Honorary Fellow of Warwick University in the Warwick Religions and Education Research Unit. She was the Professional Officer for Religious Education (RE) at the National Curriculum Council (1990–93) and then at the School Curriculum and Assessment Authority (1993–97). In 1997, she was appointed by Ofsted as HMI and Specialist Subject Adviser for RE. She continued in this post until taking early retirement in 2005, after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. She has come out of retirement numerous times to work on projects for Ofsted, the REC, the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for RE, Warwick University and the University of Exeter. Her professional interests include research and development of the curriculum and assessment in RE and teenagers’ spirituality. She has written numerous papers, contributed to a number of books, most recently ‘Government national agencies for inspection and curriculum development’ (with Alan Brine) in Religion and Nationhood (ed. Gates) and is the author of Teenage Perspectives on Spirituality (Kindle).


Wintersgill, B. (2016) Teenagers' Perceptions of Spirituality. Kindle edition

Wintersgill, B. and Brine, A. (2016)  Government national agencies for inspection and curriculum development in RE. in Gates. B (ed) . Religion and Nationhood.  Tübingen. Mohr Siebeck

Wintersgill, B. (2014) Researching Materials Used To Teach About World Religions In Schools In England in in Andreassen, Bengt Ove und James R. Lewis (Hg.). Textbook Gods. Genre, Text and Teaching Religious Studies. Sheffield: Equinox Plublishing.

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