• Sufism: more than shariat

    Sufism: more than shariat

    As part of their Islam module, Year 1 and Year 3 undergraduates were visited by former student Kulsum Issa and Yunus Chasma in order to educate us about the spiritual movement of Sufism. Yunus explained the beliefs that Sufis have and the origins of the movement.  In many ways Sufism is like Islam taken to […]

  • Two days on ‘The Island’

    Two days on ‘The Island’

    Sue Phillips once again visited Edge Hill to show us how to teach RE using the ‘Theatre of Learning’ pedagogy which she has developed.  This year Sue was able to send two days with us, spending a day with PGCE students and a day with final year Undergraduates. Both days followed a similar format, beginning […]

  • Spiritual Development

    Spiritual Development

    Developing pupils’ spiritual literacy is key to outstanding RE teaching. “The school’s thoughtful and wide-ranging promotion of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and their physical wellbeing enables them to thrive in a supportive, highly cohesive learning community.” Ofsted: Descriptor of outstanding overall effectiveness (January 2014) Year 2 Undergraduate students spent a morning with […]

  • “The Trainee teachers were wonderful to work with”- Stretford High pupils teach the teachers

    “The Trainee teachers were wonderful to work with”- Stretford High pupils teach the teachers

    School based partnerships are at the core of what we do in the RE ITT team and we are always looking for ways to develop and enrich trainee experience. As a national priority behaviour for learning is right at the fore of the DfE’s agenda for ITT, but as everyone who has been a trainee […]

  • Year 2 Visit the National Holocaust Centre

    Year 2 Visit the National Holocaust Centre

    Just prior to the Christmas Holidays, the Second Year, RE undergraduates visited the National Holocaust Centre near Newark on Trent in Nottinghamshire. This was a first visit for Edge Hill University but proved to be well worth the journey.  Our visit began with an introductory talk and a  tour of the ground floor which was […]

  • An Inclusive Education

    An Inclusive Education

    Year One Undergraduates were able to spend a morning in one of our Partnership High schools to begin to see how the school makes sure that all pupils make progress. The morning at Lathom High School began with Trevor Hodson, Assistant Headteacher for teaching and learning, describing how RE had moved away from its former […]

  • Raga and Puja in Bradford

    Raga and Puja in Bradford

    Our subject knowledge trip to places of worship in Bradford is now becoming an annual feature of the RE PGCE giving trainees an invaluable insight into the dharmic traditions within our communities through experiential learning. This year was no exception and we were warmly welcomed by our colleagues in the Hindu and the Sikh communities. […]

  • HMI at RE Subject Network

    HMI at RE Subject Network

    Around 20 Secondary RE teachers were able to attend the recent  RE Subject Network Meeting at Edge Hill.  We are fortunate to welcome Alan Brine, HMI for RE, who talked us through the findings of the latest Ofsted Report into RE RE: Realising The Potential.  This is a key report for RE and comes at a very important […]

  • BBC at Edge Hill

    BBC at Edge Hill

    Two members of the production team from BBC Religion and Ethics, Nick Holden Sim and Charlotte Hindle, recently came and spoke to Undergraduate Secondary RE students at Edge Hill. The BBC is making a series of 10 minute films for the Learning Zone for use in KS4 RE classes. The films will follow a group of six […]

  • If you go down to the woods today…

    If you go down to the woods today…

    As part of the launch of the PGCE Primary programme, the trainees took part in workshops that gave them a taster of creative ways to teach the foundation subjects. A group of 60 students took part in exploring Sacred Spaces by considering the work of Eliade (1987) and Turkle (2011) where objects become evocative or […]