For Colleges

Resourcing further education colleges, chaplains and churches to work in creative partnership

For Colleges

If you work in student services, tutorials and curriculum, community partnerships, equality and diversity, staff development or college management, we can assist you in your work by:

  • Supporting and helping to create projects concerned with improving religion and belief literacy and provision for the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development of students
  • Putting colleges wishing to link with faith communities in touch with Christian and other faith partners
  • Organising networking and training opportunities to develop good practice in chaplaincy and other faith-related work

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ROUNDED: Wisdom for Life

ROUNDED is a new resource exploring significant themes in spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and aimed specifically for use with 16-19s in college.  The resource will consist of at least six themed sessions which can be used as stand-alones or as part of a series.  Each contains a central multimedia component, plus a menu of supporting activities so that you can build your own session, regardless of whether you are using ROUNDED in a 20 minute tutorial session, as a lunchtime activity in the college atrium for an hour, or as part of a drop-down day or enrichment afternoon.

Our prototype session – on ‘cultivating identity, inclusion and belonging’ has already been developed and trialled.  In 2019, at least 5 further sessions will be developed with the whole resource available by late 2019 – watch this space!

ROUNDED is has been commissioned by WMCFEC and Dare2Engage, and is being developed by versatile resource writer Simeon Whiting.  Each session focuses on key ‘dispositions’ cultivated by many religious traditions and worldviews, as identified in the Birmingham Agreed Syllabus for RE.

We are grateful to the following organisations for funding the development of ROUNDED: the Jerusalem Trust, St Peter’s Saltley Trust, the St Christopher’s Educational Trust and the Friends Hall Farm Street Trust.

(image: from ‘The New Lad’ audio-visual presentation, part of ROUNDED’s prototype session on ‘cultivating identity, inclusion and belonging’)

WM Further Education Chaplaincy Ambassador

Phil Metcalf is the West Midlands FE Chaplaincy Ambassador. Phil is a member of WM Churches’ FE Council, and is available to advise colleges on establishing and developing chaplaincy. You can contact him on phil.metcalf[at]

Phil’s post is virtually unique in the country, and is collaboratively funded for three years from January 2019 by the Anglican Dioceses of Coventry and Lichfield, the Heart of England Baptist Association, the West Midlands Synod of the United Reformed Church, and St Peter’s Saltley Trust.



CPD on Religion and Belief for Further Education Staff

WMCFEC runs occasional CPD sessions for FE College staff around matters of faith literacy in a college context, since appropriate attention to matters of spiritual, moral, social and cultural development contributes significantly to students’ rounded development as whole people and their competence as future citizens and employees.  Becoming literate in faith matters will also help college staff to deal appropriately with faith-related issues which arise in the course of college life.  Previous sessions have included:

  • Handling Difficult Faith-Related Discussions and Disputes in your College
  • Creating and Managing Faith Spaces in your College
  • Increasing Faith Literacy in your College

If you would like us to deliver a workshop to your staff on this or another faith-related theme, please contact us.



Breathe – SMSC Development Project

This project supported colleges in the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development of students, making particular use of Breathe (, an interactive, multimedia installation enabling individual exploration of personal values, faith and worldviews.

For project officer Andy Haynes’ audit of understandings of SMSC within selected West Midlands Colleges click here.

To discuss SMSC development or staff training, or to book the Breathe resource, please contact us.

The Breathe SMSC development project was a joint initiative between the Council and Dare2Engage (a Christian-based initiative working with 16-19s) with additional funding from St Peter’s Saltley Trust and Central England Quakers.