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 £22,917, or £28,660 in inner London.  You'll also have lots of opportunities for rapid career progression and pay increases.

95% of newly qualified teachers are employed in a teaching role within six months of completing their training

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

as a trainee teacher in 2018/19

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 Birmingham

25 October 2017 15:00

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Birmingham

Train to Teach York

31 October 2017 16:30

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York

Train to Teach Edge Hill University

01 November 2017 15:00

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Liverpool

Train to Teach Newcastle

02 November 2017 16:30

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Newcastle