Two-thirds of your year will be spent teaching, under supervision, in schools. Our tutors and mentors will advise and support you throughout each placement. You will receive comprehensive feedback during this time, enabling you to see where you are doing well and where you might need to improve.
The university works in partnership with schools and colleges to provide a high quality programme of support, ensuring a sound relationship between theory and practice. There are two placements in two schools or colleges with the opportunity to visit further schools or colleges as part of the ‘Peer Observation’ programme.
The School of Education is excellently equipped with multimedia training materials, giving you the opportunity to develop your confidence and competence in the use of ICT. Our multimedia suites are regularly updated to keep up with technological advancements in classroom teaching provision.
You will be encouraged to approach your teaching strategies creatively, to aid the progress of your students and your own skills as an RE teacher. You will learn and practice a variety of teaching approaches and innovative classroom practices on this programme. Your learning will involve:
- tutor and student-led seminars and presentations
- practical workshops
- drama and role play
- media based activities; tutorials
- sessions by visiting specialist lecturers
- independent directed study
- external national courses
- active learning and a range of RE pedagogies.
You will have access to multimedia training materials, giving you the opportunity to develop your confidence and competence in the use of ICT. Our multimedia suites are regularly updated to keep up with technological advancements in classroom teaching provision. The Open Learning Centre and Falmer Library on campus contain a wealth of materials used in the teaching of Religious Education. This includes artefacts, music, images, film and text-books that you can draw upon to use in the classroom.
We will support you in the development of your subject knowledge by:
- the use of a subject audit
- skills exchanges
- subject knowledge enhancement days on Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism, Philosophy and Ethics and Sikhism
- Islam micro-teaching
- Hinduism interactive graduate presentations
- visits to places of worship
- advice on how to speak to people of faith
- the maintaining of an ongoing subject knowledge folder.