This course is designed for people who would like to teach at the secondary age phase, 11 to 16. The course lasts for approximately ten months and is divided into three stages, each with the emphasis on being School Centred.
Religion has always been, and continues to be for us today, a powerful driving force in society. It affects us all, whether or not we are believers, and is an intensely curious subject that calls out for better understanding.
A knowledge of religion is needed to inform our own political and social understanding, to enlighten the subtleties of literature and to aid our understanding of history.
Beyond this, the study of Religious Studies is a fascinating one, interesting for its own sake and useful in that it provides an insight into the study of ideas and their accompanying debates. It forces you to examine your own ideas and raises questions where before you thought there were none.
The focus on developing analytical skills means that Religious Education qualifications are valued by colleges and universities.
Trainees develop their knowledge and understanding of the Religious Studies curriculum through conducting research assignments and lesson observations. Professional understanding of the requirements of being a teacher, including behaviour management strategies and how to support pupils with varying needs, are supported by central based training at Leeds Trinity University and at the Lead School.
Throughout the course trainees are fully supported by the Lead Tutor for Religious Studies, a Link Tutor from Leeds SCITT and Subject Specialist Mentors who are dedicated to training the very best teachers.
Trainees are encouraged to become reflective practitioners, assessing their strengths and areas for development throughout the course, which shows progression and develops confidence. The course will give you a solid foundation of the knowledge, understanding and skills required to become a successful Religious Studies teacher and have a challenging and rewarding career.
We are interested in recruiting teachers who can inspire, challenge, and enjoy working with young people, in a way that it allows them to develop their understanding of the importance of religion within society and allowing them to also explore their own personal spirituality.
If you share this vision for young people we want to meet you.