Suffolk and Norfolk Secondary SCITT Religious Education  PGCE

What will our Religious Education PGCE offer you?

Our Religious Education programme has proven very successful for the ten years that we have been training Religious Education teachers for secondary schools.

Our current Religious Education PGCE is centred around a knowledge-based approach and it will enable you to develop the core knowledge you need to confidently start your career teaching Religious Education to students aged 11 to 16.

During your school placements there will be opportunities for you to observe and teach KS5 Religious Education which will be supported by the content of our Religious Education programme.

We will also cover the transition in Religious Education teaching between Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3.

As part of the PGCE element of this course you will write two assignments which are related to the teaching of Religious Education. 

One assignment at Masters’ level is about the use of metacognition strategies in the teaching of your subject and the other Masters’ level assignment will have a classroom research-based focus.


What skills and knowledge will you learn?

You will learn about how to create positive relationships with your students and develop a caring and supportive environment in your classroom.

You will be shown how to encourage your students to recognise tolerance and equality of religious and non-religious beliefs and how to encourage them to make moral and ethical decisions in their lives.

You will develop debate, reflection and discussion in your classroom and encourage students to share their views in a supportive and open manner on a range of topics.

You will be able to make the subject of Religious Education relevant to the world outside of the classroom and encourage students to develop their thinking which will be of benefit to them in their future lives.

How is the Religious Education  PGCE structured and who is involved?

Our Religious Education programme is structured around (i) formal sessions from the SCITT Religious Education Subject Tutors and (ii) the subject knowledge that you will receive from your school mentors who work alongside you in the classroom.

In your placement school with the guidance and support from your mentors, you will develop the subject knowledge needed to teach successfully in your placement schools.

In addition, you will have six Religious Education SCITT Subject Knowledge days led by highly experienced practitioners who have subject leadership expertise.  

They will deliver the six Religious Education Subject Knowledge days which are spread across the year.

These are full of practical teaching strategies for you to be able to use in the classroom in any school. These Subject Knowledge days will be supplemented by tasks and a subject studies programme which you will complete during the year.

We will also provide you with specific books for the Religious Education programme, and a laptop and a visualiser for the duration of your teacher training programme.

You will also be assigned a Religious Education SCITT Tutor who will work closely with you. They will observe you teach at least four times during the year.

They are all specialists so their understanding of teaching the Religious Education curriculum is comprehensive. These visits by your Religious Education SCITT Tutor will be in addition to the school visits/ lessons observations that you will also receive from a SCITT Personal Tutor. 

All visits by any SCITT Tutor provide support and feedback that helps you in your development to become a successful trainee and newly qualified teacher. No lessons are graded, and all feedback is given in a personalised manner.

How will you be assessed?

At the end of each term, there is an Assessment Point where you will be observed by your Religious Education SCITT Tutor then discussions will be had with your mentor and other colleagues in your placement school regarding your progress to that point.

You must pass that Assessment Point in order to continue onto the next term of the programme, but the decision is not made on that one lesson observation.

Your progress is assessed against the Teachers’ Standards across the term and the quality of your teaching; your completion of your portfolio; your engagement with the subject studies and professional studies programmes; your ability to act on feedback and your professionalism in schools with colleagues and students are all looked at as part of that Assessment Point.


Our Religious Education PGCE Programme is designed so you can learn how to become a member of the teaching profession, not a teacher in one school.