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R.E Teacher?

Discussion in 'Religious Education' started by Teacher_Jen, Aug 2, 2011.

  1. Hi guys, I'm new to this board, I am hoping to become a Primary School teacher, specialising in early years if possible however as primary school teaching is so popular I was wondering if perhaps secondary would be a better route to follow. However I only have a degree in Sociology and don't really want to teach A Level. I will probably end up doing the Primary Teaching but just wondering if anyone here knows if I can teach R.E. with a Sociology degree?
    Thanks everyone x
     
  2. Hi guys, I'm new to this board, I am hoping to become a Primary School teacher, specialising in early years if possible however as primary school teaching is so popular I was wondering if perhaps secondary would be a better route to follow. However I only have a degree in Sociology and don't really want to teach A Level. I will probably end up doing the Primary Teaching but just wondering if anyone here knows if I can teach R.E. with a Sociology degree?
    Thanks everyone x
     
  3. Depending on your background A Level wise, you may need to improve your subject knowledge before being accepted for a course. You will find some info on RE booster courses on the REOnline website
     
  4. Hi Teacher Jen, I am an NQT RE teacher with a degree in Sociology. Most universities and future schools will require you to have an additional qualification or have completed a top up course (for example, Keswick Hall Trust). I would suggest you think carefully before going into RE teaching. Although RE is classed as an in demand subject there was over a 1/3 less jobs advertised this academic year and with the introduction of the Ebac and current curriculum review potentially the number of future jobs may be reduced.

    Good luck with what ever you chose.
     
  5. durgamata

    durgamata Occasional commenter

    totally agree with adgjl. RE is not in a healthy state at the moment. There will always be little kids and from what I have read, we are in a boom when it comes to birth-rate. I would keep to Early Years, just make sure you're good at it as it will be competitive. We need excellent 'RE Aware' Early Years Teachers and perhaps you can make RE your subject specialism as I think all Primary Schools have someone in charge of RE.


    If you do decide to train as an RE teacher good luck. I think the situation will improve for us eventually but they are bleak at the moment
     
  6. san38

    san38 New commenter

    I do know some sociology specialists teaching RE - also Citizenship - however, agree with all of the above and both subjects looking dodgy at the moment. Not to be negative but have you investigated how likely you are to be accepted on a Primary PGCE? That is even more competitive - my daughter recently went for an interview at a school in the West Mids which had over 100 applicants. When she did her PGCE preference was given to people with a primary curriculum subject degree and experience of working within primary in some capacity was a pre-requisite.
     
  7. I know that it is very difficult at the moment to be accepted onto a Primary PGCE course however I don't really have any other options and I think I may aswell have a go.
    I don't think I'm going to follow the PGCE route but instead I'll follow the GTP route if I can.
    And thank you for the comment above regarding being a specialist in R.E. or Citizenship at Primary Level as I may use this in my application.

     
  8. durgamata

    durgamata Occasional commenter

    Good luck in everything and let us know how you get on
     

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