Tuesday, 23 December 2014
The University of Worcester is to begin training Religious Education secondary teachers following a national drive to boost the subject in schools.
The University will be offering 10 places on its PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) Secondary Religious Education programme, which starts in September 2015.
Trainees will receive a cash incentive from the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) of £9,000 if they have a First Class undergraduate degree, or £4,000 if they hold a 2:1.
Nationally, the Religious Education curriculum has under gone an overhaul and there has been an increased drive from the Government to make the subject a priority in both primary and secondary schools. As the National Association of Teachers of Religious Education notes, “RE lessons should offer a structured and safe space during curriculum time for reflection, discussion, dialogue and debate. Lessons should also allow for timely and sensitive responses to be made to unforeseen events of a religious, moral or philosophical nature, whether local, national or global.”
Stephen Parker, Professor of the History of Religion and Education at the University of Worcester, said: “The role of the RE teacher has never been more important. Religious Education teachers take a lead in inspiring learners to engage with lived religions; they work with children to study and understand religious tradition, belief, and practice, and in developing a reasoned response to the perspectives on life religions have to offer; they guide young people in becoming world citizens who recognise the potency that religion still has in the lives of many, and in societies globally.”