Outstanding teachers make a difference to the lives and futures of the people they teach. Embedded within our partnership with schools, this Ofsted Outstanding-rated programme will support you to become an innovative and inspiring Secondary Religious Education teacher.
The programme runs from the beginning of September to the beginning of July. You’ll gain experience in a wide variety of schools such as primary and special schools. The programme is structured to ensure that you acquire expertise in core teaching skills and attributes, but also contains enough flexibility to allow you to individualise your training during professional development weeks.
At the heart of the programme is the notion of the teacher as a reflective practitioner. The course nurtures and develops a reflective approach to teaching and learning, and encourages BSTs (Bath Spa Teachers) to take a critical stance in their work. In subject sessions you will work closely with your fellow Religious Education BSTs to explore the debates and traditions of Religious Education in education, developing confidence and expertise in the curriculum and subject-specific pedagogy. In addition, you’ll be organised in mixed subject groups, positioning you as a BST in the broader context of professional practice. The Professional Studies programme is at the core of the programme, which integrates both University and school partnership training.
The PGCE year starts with an initial preparatory period which tackles the role of the teaching professional, with an emphasis on the Religious Education practitioner. Expert and experienced tutors will guide your understanding of the wider educational landscape, the breadth of the role of the teacher, the subject, skills and curriculum knowledge associated with Religious Education.
A personalised process of continuous assessment ensures that learning is appropriate and effective. There are five progress review points throughout the PGCE year, which take the form of individual tutorials with your Academic Tutor to monitor your progress and set individual targets for the next phase of training.
The programme is a continuous and open assessment of your progress across all aspects of the training: Subject Studies, Professional Studies and school-assessed phases. Three assignments are offered at level 7 (postgraduate award) through which you can gain 60 Master’s level credits to put towards further master’s study at the University.