Cathedral Education and Learning

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The Cathedral's Education Team are skilled in working with children and adults from a variety of backgrounds and have considerable expertise in interfaith work, in delivering religious studies (including to research and post graduate students) and religious education. There are legitimate connections between certain aspects of the major world faiths and world views. The team engages visitors with the central beliefs and practices of  Christianity by allowing participants to engage and learn in the context of their own prior knowledge, beliefs and world views.

Bradford Cathedral  is an exciting, inspiring place to learn. We offer cross-curricular visits for all ages and abilities, facilitating learning across the key stages and across the curriculum.  Our aim is to provide a quality educational experience for all. We have been awarded the quality mark for our education provision by the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom and were awarded the accolade of  Yorkshire 'Small Visitor Attraction of the Year 2020' for our work with children and young people.

Why Visit Bradford Cathedral?

A Sacred Space

The Cathedral is a Christian place of worship. Located at the heart of the City, its story mirrors that of Bradford and also that of the rise and development of Christianity in the north of England. Archeological evidence suggests that there has been a Christian place of worship on this site since the 7th century.

Moving People

The Cathedral tells the story of the people who have made their home here over many years, from Saxons in the 7th century, Normans in the 11th century, Austrians, Irish and Germans in the 19th century, to European, South Asian and Caribbean migrants in the 20th century and the new communities from who are settling in Bradford today. Consequently it has a lot to offer in terms of supporting the new RE Agreed Syllabus Believing and Belonging in West Yorkshire and Bradford Museum and Galleries' topic 'Proud to be from Bradford'.

Our Learning Programme for Schools and Colleges

We offer a menu of varied learning experiences for children, young people and adults.  Our programme for schools and colleges, consists of differentiated,  workshops and tours, based around themes. Its aim is to to enhance and supplement teaching and learning across the curriculum. The content encourages intercultural contact and dialogue. All sessions also provide opportunities to reflect, respond and explore the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) aspects of education. 

Learning Outside the Classroom

A visit to the Cathedral provides unlimited opportunities for creative and active learning outside the classroom, through interaction with this unique and very special environment, : 

Linking Schools

The Cathedral Education Team are delighted to be able to offer workshops in the Cathedral on identity, heritage and belonging, as part of the Linking Network's schools' linking programme.  This also dovetails well with  Bradford Museum and Galleries' topic 'Proud to be from Bradford'.

The Cathedral is an ideal 'neutral venue' for both primary and secondary linking. If you are interested in visiting us as part of your linking work, please contact the Linking Network direct:

Lifelong Learning

We have a core programme of  visits for adult groups. Please contact the Education Team for more details.

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Teacher Feedback

'The staff''s passion shone through and helped to enthuse the children. They were able to communicate their knowledge to the children in a way that was both engaging and accessible.'

'The visit set a positive example, showing how people of different faiths may be respectful and knowledgable about one another.'

'The staff's knowledge of all religions suprised the children, provided a great model and gave the children lots to discuss back in school.'

 'It was brilliantly organised, planned and delivered.'

' We could not attempt to deliver in school, what was covered during our visit. The children learned a lot and really enjoyed the day.'

 'The activities were varied and allowed the children to be completely involved.'

'The 'awe and wonder' the children experienced was evident, priceless and couldn't be achieved anywhere else.'