The School Direct 11-16 course is aimed at developing the professional skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to become an outstanding reflective practitioner equipped with the subject specific skills, knowledge and understanding to teach religious studies across the 11-16 age range.
The course encourages you to develop your knowledge and understanding of the major religious traditions, other religious traditions and contemporary secular philosophies. Our strong relationship with communities in West London, representing the Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh faiths provides an invaluable resource. You will also examine practical strategies for enabling religious studies to contribute to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
Embedded in a school from the beginning of the course, you will receive central training at the SCITT one day a week, enabling you to make immediate links between taught sessions and school experience. These are delivered by outstanding current practitioners with the support of experienced and specially trained school mentors. The course is active and demanding, including simulations of classroom activities, group sessions and exploring the latest research in pedagogy.
The course is supported by the expertise of Roehampton University who provide teaching and academic support for a PGCE (M), library access and taught sessions by subject tutors. Written assignments give you the opportunity to explore the most recent developments in the teaching of religious studies and to research an aspect of your practice in school.
At the start of the course you will complete a personal subject knowledge audit and begin an action plan to build on your subject knowledge. This is an important thread running through the programme.
In addition to the primary focus of the course on religious studies for the 11-16 curriculum, you will have access to a post 16 curriculum, an experience at primary school and a second placement in a contrasting school. By the end of the course you will have learnt how to develop and extend your pupils’ understanding, skills and knowledge in all its forms, how to organise, structure and assess work for a range of abilities and ages, how to meet the needs of individual learners and how to implement strategies promoting equal opportunities.