Religious Studies PGCE
Trainees undertaking the Religious Studies (RS) route develop a personal rationale for their subject’s inclusion in the secondary curriculum and engage critically with crucial subject specific debates and key pedagogies in an informed manner.
They consider what good teaching and learning looks like in the RS classroom and plan individual lessons and units of work/series of lessons that include learning objectives and outcomes, adaptive teaching and inclusion, appropriate resources / activities and assessment for learning with due attention to prior learning and pupil progress.
Subject knowledge is developed throughout the programme using strategies such as an ongoing subject audit, subject knowledge development days with classroom applications (Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Non-Religious Worldviews), Islam and Sikhism micro-teaching, visits to places of worship and a display and viva on an aspect of subject knowledge that needs developing.
Furthermore, trainees develop the skills to effectively acquire new subject knowledge when it is needed. Trainees develop a high level of subject expertise in order to become strong and effective subject specialists who know and understand their subject well and can teach confidently and creatively.