This Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) Secondary Religious Education course leads to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). It is identical to the University of Reading’s course 3BDY. Applicants to this course, 3BNC, will however be interviewed by the Wokingham Federation and if successful will train in two Federation schools. They will follow the same course as 3BDY and will become members of the University in the same way as all the other successful applicants to this course.
The course supports its trainees to become reflective professionals, able to secure the very best for all children. We work with them to be resilient, creative and inclusive. With the highest expectations of learning, progress and development, trainees inspire young people to become confident, active citizens who are able to cope with the fast-moving demands of the 21st century.
The aim of the partnership of the Wokingham Federation and the University of Reading is to train excellent practitioners who have a positive impact on their pupils. This is accompanied by the recognition that excellent teachers continue to develop throughout their careers and never stop learning. Our intention therefore is that trainees should take ownership of their development during this year of training and establish the habits of reflective practice that will sustain them throughout their career.
This course explores secularism and non-secularism education. Trainees will consider the purpose of religious education in schools, exploring topics such as morality, philosophy, ethics and logic. They will have the opportunity to visit places of worship to explore how these buildings can be used in teaching and also to engage in dialogue with people of different faiths.
As part of the course, pastoral care, Personal, Social, Health and Education (PSHE), and citizenship are also covered.
University teaching is through a series of lectures, practical seminars and workshops, where interactive and discussion-based techniques will encourage trainees to engage, reflect and challenge.
Between the campus environment and the diversity embedded within the Federation schools, our trainees develop a strong identity as beginner teachers and educators of the future. Please see School Direct with the University of Reading for more details.