The world is shaped and defined by global and historical patterns of religion and belief. This course is for people who wish to help students engage critically with religion and philosophy, giving them the knowledge to navigate this complex world.
Candidates come from a wide variety of backgrounds: some come straight from university; others from some experience in the education sector; others from different professions; others after having completing Masters or PhDs; others still from third-sector organisations. What unites these people is a shared understanding that the teaching of RE and philosophy is utterly essential, exciting, and valuable to secondary students.
Trainees will explore critically the nature of the subject and its knowledge basis, the history of RE in its national context, what is considered to be controversial about the subject, the way in which ‘religious education’ connects to the disciplines of religious studies, philosophy, and theology, and the importance and value of the subject in the curriculum.
The course places an emphasis on the powerful knowledge of religion and beliefs that students today require. It emphasises the contribution of religion to pupils’ cultural literacy. Above all, the course places a strong emphasis on the ability to explore interconnected philosophical and theological questions in an academic and scholarly way.
Through participating within a community of practitioners, which includes other trainees on the same course, mentors, and the subject specialist leader (SSL) at the Inspiration Trust. Mentors and SSLs are teachers of RE and philosophy who have reputations at the regional and national level. As a trainee, you become part of this interconnected web of professionals, all of whom are developing and promoting the subject. You will have the opportunity to observe some of these professionals at work; to discuss with them the challenges and opportunities you experience; to learn from them and their various approaches to the discipline. As part of your teacher training programme, you will receive subject-based enhancement with curriculum experts who specialise in the practice of RE, as well as the academic disciplines of religion, theology, and philosophy. Both participation in this community and participation in the discussions taking place throughout it are essential to learning to teach RE and philosophy well.