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RE Within your school

Discussion in 'Secondary' started by gud4age, Mar 11, 2011.

  1. gud4age

    gud4age New commenter

    Hi,

    I have been asked to deliver RE ( I am Geography) and absolutely admit my lessons are boring as I have no idea how to deliver it as I imagine it should be. Today wanted to abandon the whole lesson to start talking tectonics with the diaster ins in Japan. I trained to teach one subject not several can not get excited about delivering it at all. There is no RE specialist in our school the HOD is PE trained and has adapted to the subject over last few years due to staff leaving etc. It is all about costs and cutting corners in most average schools these days
     
  2. Helena Handbasket

    Helena Handbasket New commenter

    That is what my school was like before I was hired. HLTA as acting HoD, deputy head wrote scheme of work and when I looked it I couldn't make head nor tail of it. Very little actual RE in it at all. I plan lessons for the week and give 3 non-specialists the resources and explicit lesson plans with notes to help them. I always say they can adapt it as much as they wish but I try to give them the extra knowledge that I already have.

    Some staff have said when they were roped in in the past they often didn't get a plan or a scheme of work, just had to make it up on the spot.
     
  3. ramaduds

    ramaduds New commenter

    The head of humanities faculty at my school is an RE specialist, and before me there were no others. Since I was employed the results have gone from 7% to 66% (A*-C) in 3years, consistent improvement. I think the school is starting to realise the importance of having a specialist team. The popularity of the subject has also dramatically increased. Still there are a lot of non-specialist teachers teaching RE, and I have taught a variety of History and Geography lessons to Key Stage 3. When teaching floods, slavery ect... I feel compelled to encourage empathy, how the people affected deal with the suffering etc... When teaching farming I discussed the ethical implications... I cannot help it! Schools need to be encouarged to have as many specialist subject teachers as they can.
     
  4. That is what I was afraid of - as a suply I have had to teach subjects I have little or no knowledge of and there is no way you can deliver a good lesson.
     
  5. It's a shame for all concerned as a real RE teacher would teach about why disasters happen to good people, instead of how it happened.
     

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