Religious education (RE)

Training to teach religious education (RE)

RE is a fundamental subject in the education of pupils in England. It helps build young people’s understanding and appreciation of different beliefs, practices and religions, and how these relate to the modern world.

As a trainee RE teacher, you’ll develop the skills to devise and deliver lessons that excite and intrigue pupils. These will intertwine with their wider learning in other subjects, as well as their understanding of society, culture, and what it means to be human.

A career in teaching RE offers you the chance to tackle challenging, thought-provoking topics with young people. You can use your creativity and passion for the subject to develop lessons that help your pupils collaboratively discuss and answer the most fundamental questions – from belief in God to the meaning and purpose of life.

By delivering comprehensive teaching in these areas, you can help your classes become compassionate young adults, respectful of religious and cultural differences. And to complement that job satisfaction, you’ll benefit from a competitive starting salary of at least £22,467, or £28,098 in inner London.  You'll also have lots of opportunities for rapid career progression and pay increases.

In 2016/17,


of trainee RE teachers had a 2:1 or first

Get tax-free financial support of up to £9k

as a trainee teacher in 2017/18

Watch this video for helpful tips on getting into teaching, from real trainees and experienced teachers. Transcript (PDF, 118KB)

You have the independence in your classroom to create an inspiring environment, a platform for learning that exceeds pupil expectations.

Karen Falcon, head of humanities

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Train to Teach University of Cumbria

22 June 2017 15:00

This event in Lancaster will give you the chance to ask experts about your teacher training options and what it’s like to teach.


Preparing for your teacher training

05 June 2017 18:30

Have you accepted a teacher training place for September 2017? Join us to find out how you can prepare for the best possible start.

Advice for First and Second Year Undergraduates

12 June 2017 18:30

This online event is for first and second year university students interested in teaching. Find out what you can do now that will help you make a great application for teacher training.

Support with your application

19 June 2017 18:30

This online event will provide hints and tips on how to draft a great personal statement.