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The PGCE has been a great experience and I believe the skills and knowledge I have acquired will help me to thrive in being an inspiring teacher of Religious Education.

“After studying Law I was employed as a manager in a law firm, but decided to move into teaching as I have always had a passion for working with young people.

I decided to study my PGCE at Edge Hill University as it is seemed unique to me. I liked how it is situated on a beautiful campus and has resources in place for an enjoyable student experience. As well as this, the PGCE in Religious Education looked interesting and accessible, yet challenging.

I wanted to train to teach secondary pupils as I feel that I can relate well to this age group and like the idea of being able to inspire them to create a good life for themselves. I want to give them every opportunity to succeed in life.

As part of the course we have gained a lot of subject knowledge and spent time learning about other religions. This has included visiting numerous faith centres, including gurdwaras, churches, mosques and mandirs, where we have had the opportunity to speak with various faith leaders about their religions and beliefs.

This has proven to be extremely beneficial and I have been able to apply this understanding to my professional practice, which I am sure has helped me to secure my first teaching position at an academy in Blackburn.

I have also been on continuing professional development training days with other schools including unity days, community cohesion activities, and English as an additional language training. As well as these, I attended a teaching day with schools in the area which included a talk from a Holocaust survivor who was visiting the University.

Through all of these elements I have been able to build good relationships with schools and faith leaders in the North West, which has been of real value when I have been on my practical teaching placements.

The PGCE has been a great experience and I believe the skills and knowledge I have acquired will help me to thrive in being an inspiring teacher of Religious Education. I aim to keep close links with Edge Hill and hope that one day I can become a mentor and help other trainees.”

To find out more about studying this programme, please view full course information for PGCE Secondary Religious Education (Age Phase 11-16) with QTS.