I'm currently on a Primary PGCE and have been issued with the details of my next school placement, in a Catholic school. Despite being very atheistic, I do consider myself respectful of other religions and have taught RE in the past with the general theme of "this is what some people believe...". My concerns about this placement are that I would feel very much like a square peg in a round hole, particularly as my understanding of Catholicism is fairly limited and would take more time than I have available to me to bring up to speed. I am worried about causing offence or appearing disrespectful in anyway and my biggest concern is that this may affect my performance in general and is not the best learning environment for me. However, on the other hand I'm worried that raising my concerns with my tutor/training provider/the placement school will cause me to appear unprofessional - which is the very last thing I want to do. I've read/heard various accounts of Catholic schools, from the very strict (expecting everyone to pray regularly even in staff meetings) to the more relaxed with the (for want of a better phrase) 'heavy stuff' restricted to assemblies and RE, so am very unsure as to what I can expect. I am aware that the school are used to dealing with student teachers as they are a partner school. Can I ask to not teach RE in this setting? Any advice or opinions gratefully received. As a mini-disclaimer, I'm aware that there may be some people offended by my stance, as the old saying goes 'you can't please everyone'... I don't mean to cause any offence, I just want to state my position as clearly as possible so that I may be able to receive some constructive advice. As I said, one of my concerns is how to avoid causing offence/disrespect to the staff and pupils within the school.