Media and Impact

Media Highlight

bus-arrivesThe ‘Robots, God and Free Will’ event organised by the project on 25th September 2012 at the University of Reading attracted over 300 students and teachers from 16 schools. The Event was covered by BBC Breakfast and their story was broadcast on 17th October to 1.5 million viewers. It was then transmitted again on BBC World News and BBC Newsround on the 18th October. BBC World News is received by 330 million households around the world. The story is also available on the BBC News website which is visited by an audience of 8.5 million. The BBC News coverage can be viewed


Additional Media Coverage


     Magazine Publications

primary-science-no135-coverPrimary Science Number 135  Nov/Dec 2014
What is the ‘one thing’ you should know before teaching about evolution?
Berry Billingsley tackles the thorny question of what to say to children about evolution and religion



primary-science-no127-coverPrimary Science Number 127 March/April 2013
The Nature of Science
Berry Billingsley provides some ideas on ways to teach and conduct discussions about science and religion in schools



REtoday Autumn 2014 Volume 32 Number 1
Friends, rivals or pen pals?!
Thinking creatively about religion and science


     School blogs and magazines

      • Moorland Primary School Year 6 trip to Reading University JUN22 2016

        On Wednesday, 22nd June year 6 visited the University of Reading London Road campus to take part in a day organised by LASAR (Learning about science and religion) We took part in sessions including: illusions and how brains can be tricked; why we are unique and we debated if we should ‘recreate dinosaurs from DNA – after making DNA helices from sweets and what miracles are and can they be explained by science?

school-dame-allen-cover-residential The Allanian 2015 Autumn 2015
LASAR Residential – Learning about science and religion
Article written for school magazine by a student who attended the LASAR residential prorgramme.

 Impact Highlight – UK curriculum

The recommendations that LASAR made to the RE Council to include objectives relating to science and religion in the new RE curriculum framework in England and Wales  were  accepted.

Key Stage 2 (Primary)

        • Pupils discuss different perspectives on questions about the beginnings of life on Earth, so that they can describe different ways science and religions treat questions of origins

Key Stage 3 (Secondary school age 11-14)

        • Students develop insight into and understanding of why some people argue that science and religion can be compatible and others argue that they cannot
        • Students develop their skills in reasoning and constructing arguments by debating questions and dilemmas about the nature of human life and the moral responsibilities of being human.
        • Students consider philosophical, ethical and religious questions about what it means to be human, for example questions posed in relation to the development of new medical technologies.