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non RE specialist

Discussion in 'Religious Education' started by Yello1, Nov 8, 2011.

  1. Hey all
    What steps can someone who is not a RE specialist take to get a full time Religious studies job.


  2. chrisoakey

    chrisoakey Occasional commenter

    No offence but why are you asking this on the RE board?
    Are you not inviting RE teachers to put themselves out of a job?
    Would you post on a surgeon's board, How can I take your job? In this case How do I take your and the future RE specialists jobs off them?
  3. Get some training so you are an RE specialist.
  4. Brummy Boy

    Brummy Boy New commenter

    You would need to show that you are attemptin to fill the obvious gaps in your CV e.g. do an OU degree in RE or at least get an A Level in it if you do not have one already.
    Unfortunately there are so few RE jobs at the moment I would trun my hand to a subject like Maths which is always short.
  5. What a short sighted and unhelpful response! The person above is NOT asking for your job. It is simply an enquiry about career development.
    I never thought to find such an obtuse attitude from a fellow professional on here!
  6. Hi there
    I did exactly that. I taught English for ten years but grew frustrated with sheer volume of marking and government interference. I decided to change to Religious Studies because it was a subject which really interested me and I felt it would revitalise my teaching (which it did).
    Go to your Head. Tell him/her how you feel. You may be able to do some team teaching with the existing RE teachers. Most importantly, make sure you are fully aware of the curriculum requirements and the exam. This will convince the Head that you mean business and know how to get results. They will, after all, have to justify your appointment to the governors.
    Perhaps you could do the online Catholic Certificate for Teachers or another recognised course which will help you broaden your horizons.
    It's totally possible to change over and very rewarding if you do! Go for it!
  7. FollyFairy

    FollyFairy Occasional commenter

    Your question raises some important issues for me - are you already a qualified teacher? If so, talk to your line-manager bout your ambitions if you can. But why do you wish to change? Why R.E? There are very few jobs out there for qualified R.E teachers, therefore, I will reiterate what has already been said - if you want to change subject, you are probably better off choosing one which is a shortage subject.

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