Introduction to the Interfaith Education Centre

Introduction to the Interfaith Education Centre



The Interfaith Education Centre


The Interfaith Education Centre (IEC) is part of the City of Bradford MDC Directorate of Children’s Services. Please click here for more information on all our service offers./userfiles/file/Interfaith%20Education%20Centre/Bradford%20Interfaith%20and%20Diversity%20Team%20Service%20Offer%202020-21.pdf

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The IEC was established as a resource centre in response to Bradford’s first multi-faith agreed syllabus for religious education in 1986. The IEC has been unique in employing a staff of trained faith tutors who are able to bring personal experience to religious education, visits to places of worship and collective worship.  The IEC also houses a collection of modern resources and books to support RE, collective worship and SMSC development.

The staff team includes faith tutors and associates from the six major world faiths, an advisory teacher for RE and an adminiistartive team dedicated to IEC visits, subscriptions and resources.

The IEC is now based at Margaret McMillan Tower, Bradford’s administrative centre for education:


Interfaith Education Centre

Margaret McMillan Tower
Prince's Way

T          01274 439379


Guidance Documents


Guidance for Ramadan - /userfiles/file/Interfaith%20Education%20Centre/MCB%20Ramadan%202020%20Guidance%20pdf.pdf

Guidance for Schools - Ramadhan

Guidance for Schools - Ashura

Visits and Workshops


The IEC has extensive experience in hosting educational visits to places of worship and supporting learning from and about religions and beliefs.  This can be through a visit to a place of worship,a workshop or a lesson in your school or setting.

Visits can be arranged to:

a Buddhist Centre
Churches of various traditions and denominations
Gurdwara (Sikh)
Mandir (Hindu)
Masjid / Mosque (Muslim)
Synagogue (Jewish)

A range of workshops is available to complement our visits programme.

Codes of practice and dress codes apply to many of these places and will be made available to you, alongside a detailed, risk assessment, when your booking is made.


Enquiry Form/userfiles/file/Interfaith%20Education%20Centre/Enquiry%20Form%20-%20NEW.docx


Guidance on visiting a place of worship

Faith tutors have experience in working with a wide range of ages; early years, primary and secondary schools, higher and further education and adult education programmes, and work in a wide range of settings.

For information about bespoke programmes please contact us.


Spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development


SMSC  development is a key part of the new Ofsted inspection framework, which contributes to judgement on the effectiveness of the school.

The IEC is able to support schools in SMSC development through the programmes detailed above and also through;

Storytelling workshops
The Peace Studio
Indian Culture
Hindu dance workshops
Food tasting workshops

The SMSC Toolkit


Information on how to subscribe & the support available from the Interfaith Education Centre

Making a Difference

Resource Box Order Form      

Using Your Subscription


Contact us at 
The Interfaith Education Centre
Margaret McMillan Tower
Prince's Way
01274 439379




Collective Worship


Bradford SACRE has produced a new guidance and model policy document for collective worship it can be found here.

If a headteacher considers that collective worship ‘wholly or mainly of a broadly Christian character’ is inappropriate to the school community they may approach SACRE for a Determination.

NB For separate faith worship please complete the application for a series of determinations.
There are three types of Determination:
Whole School Determination      Exempting the whole school collective worship from being wholly or mainly of a broadly Christian character. (Inclusive Worship)

Part determination                        Allowing one faith/ belief group to meet for Faith Worship, other pupils will meet for worship which is wholly or mainly of a broadly Christian character.      
Series of determinations            Allowing a range of faith/ belief groups (to be specified) each to meet for faith worship, other pupils will meet for inclusive worship.

Applying for a Determination
Headteachers wishing to apply for a determination must consult with their governing bodies and are strongly advised to consult with parents and pupils.
Applications must be made on the standard Bradford SACRE application form which can be accessed by clicking on the type of determination that is required from the list above.


Schools Converting to Academies

When a school converts to an academy any determination granted by SACRE becomes invalid.  If the school wishes to continue collective worship which is not wholly or mainly of a broadly Christian character they must apply to the Regional Schools Commisioner for a new determination.  This should be done in readiness for conversion to an Academy, schools should not wait until their existing determination requires renewing.




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