About Lift the Lid

Learn more about Lift the Lid, the team​ and how the project began.

Who we are

The aim of Lift the Lid is to equip teachers with resources which will help them to plan and deliver creative and inspiring lessons which foster deeper subject knowledge and understanding of the Christian faith.


Lift the Lid Discovery Boxes provide an exciting hands-on approach to RE. The resources are designed to give a variety of approaches to teaching and learning and make the subject interesting and accessible for all. The resources give plenty of opportunities for pupils to reflect on their own opinions and show respect for those of others. 

For primary schools, the Discovery Boxes include resources appropriate for all ages from 4 to 11 years.


For secondary schools, the Discovery Boxes can be used with pupils aged 11 to 16. Depending on prior subject knowledge, expected outcomes or support given, the same resources can be used in classes of different ages or abilities. 


Background information is provided which aims to support teachers for whom RE is not their specialism, and so give them confidence in their lessons.


Meet The Team


Becky Ibbotson

Project Manager

Becky Ibbotson started Lift the Lid with the goal of creating inspiring and exciting educational resources that help pupils explore the Christian faith. With eleven years of primary school experience Becky understands the need for high quality resources in the classroom.


Mandy Head

Secondary School 

Resource Developer

Mandy has 30 years experience of teaching Religious Studies in secondary schools. She has an MA in Teaching and Learning. She has developed Teacher Training programmes and teaching and learning curricula. As a member of SACRE Mandy has experience in writing The Agreed Syllabus.


Paul Noble

Creative Designer

Paul is one of our graphic designers at Lift the Lid. He has a HND in Graphic Design and Communication and a degree in Design and Innovation. These skills are put to good use in his role within Lift the Lid as the Creative Designer.


Lucy Lawson

Primary School

Resource Developer

Lucy qualified as a teacher in 2002 and since then she has specialised in Early Years Teaching, running her own sessional nursery for 10 years. Lucy is currently studying a BA Hons in Theology and Ministry at YSOM in association with Durham University.


Dean Reynolds

Graphic Designer

Dean is the second graphic designer at Lift the Lid, with a BA Hons in Games Art and 7 years experience creating artwork for mobile apps, games, churches

and businesses. Dean brings a wide range of artistic skills to our Lift the Lid resources.


A Brief History of Lift the Lid

How the project began

In 2010, Elim Ryedale Church, Malton produced its first “Christmas Experience” – a dramatised interactive retelling of the Christmas story for primary school children.  Through this connection and engagement with schools the church’s schools and children’s worker asked teachers what more the church could do to help teachers with their RE teaching in the classroom. The response was for artefacts and resources. 

After talks with North Yorkshire LEA and SACRE (Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education) The Lift the Lid team got to work applying their creativity to the locally agreed RE syllabus. In 2013 the first box of Christmas resources was loaned as a trial to a local primary school, followed by several Easter boxes to other local primary schools in 2014.


How the project has developed

At the start of 2014 - with some funding secured - the Lift the Lid team grew and now included a primary schools worker, a secondary schools worker, a creative designer and a schools assistant. With the team established and a vision for supplying boxes across North Yorkshire more resources started to be thought of and created. Over the next couple of years the project supplied resource boxes to both primary and secondary schools in Ryedale, Scarborough and Selby.

After enquiries about the resources from further afield it became apparent that the Lift the Lid resources should be available to the whole of the United Kingdom, not just North Yorkshire. At this point the Lift the Lid team took on more staff, adding another primary schools worker and Graphic designer. The project also expanded its vision and restructured some of the resources to make them more universal; able to equip teachers across the country. 


How the project is growing

Lift the Lid is now selling boxes of resources nationwide. The new boxes can be easily adapted to any locally agreed syllabus. Accreditation is being sought from the Church of England resource, Understanding Christianity, for some of the individual resources available. The team continue to create new products to expand the resource box library, some of which are available to buy individually.


If you would like to support the ongoing work of lift the lid please consider donating to the project.