We believe that Religious Education is an integral part of any school curriculum, offering students the opportunity to think critically and creatively whilst providing opportunities to develop an understanding and appreciation of religions and their contribution to individuals, communities and societies.
Whether at Key Stage 3, GCSE or A Level, Religious Education and the disciplines of Philosophy and Ethics allow students to both learn about and learn from different religious traditions whilst developing skills of reflection, enquiry, evaluation, analysis and empathy.
Through this course, trainee teachers will learn how to develop an interest in a rigorous study of religion amongst students and adopt an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to Religious Education. Trainees will encourage students to consider their own as well as others’ responses to big questions of meaning, purpose and life as well as challenging each individual to develop academically, offering a high quality and holistic education supporting students to construct balanced and informed arguments and responses to Religious, Philosophical and Ethical concepts.
Through a rigorous training programme, trainees will use their passion to plan, teach and evaluate lessons that support their students answer fundamental questions and make progress in one of the most rewarding subjects of the school curriculum. We look to ensure all trainee teachers at Sussex University are offered bespoke support and guidance in terms of subject knowledge, experience and studies, consequently opening doors and enabling them to become excellent reflective practitioners, innovative leaders and resilient teachers of the future. You will:
Learn how to create and develop resources including an appreciation of the sensitive issues that can often come with teaching Religious Education, and how to approach them
Be exposed to many different methods of how to assess student work
Observe and then successfully use and apply varied approaches to behaviour management
Learn and consider how to support student of different Key Stages
Learn and consider to support students of different abilities
Grow in confidence as the year progresses.
Our university-based sessions are led by outstanding experienced practitioners from local schools as well as by university teacher educators who will share their enthusiasm and professional knowledge to provide trainees with opportunities to progress in teaching and learning and engage and enthuse students.