The PGCE cohort visited the Quwwat Ul Islam Mosque in Preston as part of their subject knowledge development. In addition to touring the mosque and observing Friday prayers, the group also had a fantastic opportunity to speak to some Yr10 pupils from Preston Muslim Girls High School about their experiences of Islam and what their faith means to them. Thanks Waqaus for a great day as always!
To support the Reflective Professional Practice lecture, RE PGCE trainees were able to benefit from the expertise of Dr Chris Greenough who, prior to joining Edge Hill, was SLT lead for behaviour, pastoral and ITT in his previous role. He was able to share his own experiences about the importance of ‘relationships for learning’ and the role teachers’ play in ‘setting the weather’ in their classroom.
To help support their development as RE academics and written assignments, trainees were treated to a session by Dr Francis Farrell (previous RE Course Leader) unpicking some of the pedagogical theory which underpins Outstanding RE. After some much needed experiential stilling and silent meditation, trainees considered the use of video clips to explore a phenomenological approach before considering ‘Does God play dice with the universe?’ to illustrate a critical realist approach to T&L. A useful and enjoyable session – Always fab to have ‘Mr RE’ back in the classroom!
Trainees on the PGCE took the opportunity to share some good practice and celebrate their successful T&L strategies with the group as they approach the end of their first placement. Whilst Andy subjected us all to his pie-puns to discuss a numeracy strategy, Becky presented an ‘FBI: Confidential’ task for investigating the miracles of Jesus, Rosemina wowed us all with her WAGOLLs and Amy flashed the cash with ‘RE Millionaires’. In addition to some fab ideas from Morgan, Lauren and Becky, everyone was able to steal some great ideas to use for PP2. Well done team!
One of our fantastic Curriculum Mentors (and Ex-Edge Hill alumni!), Ruth Taylor from Burnley Hugh School, delivered an effective and engaging session for PGCE students on teaching GCSE RS. Using her own experiences of delivering the new Edxcel RS curriculum, Ruth was able to give practical strategies on differentiating, planning and assessment in GCSE RS. Trainees also got an opportunity to plan their own RE curriculum, thinking about the importance of embedding skills and content in KS3 for KS4 study. Thanks Ruth, you’re welcome back anytime! 🙂
Just before Christmas, Editor of RE Today magazine and NATRE Adviser, Lat Blaylock delivered an outstanding and engaging conference for UG and PG ITT trainees entitled ‘RE for All: Entitlement and Opportunity’. As current PGCE students, we found the day to be extremely informative and enjoyable. Lat discussed and demonstrated activities which we could use in the classroom to help engage pupils which we found particularly useful and which encouraged use to think about what ‘good’ RE looks like. It was a thoroughly enjoyable day and we thank Lat for making it possible 🙂 – Catherine Agnew & Rebecca Eiffe-Harvey (EHU PGCE trainees)
Prior to starting their first placement, PGCE trainees attended a professionalism conference at one of our partnership schools, Cowley International College in St Helens. Led by the fantastic PM Sue Reed, trainees considered what it means to be professional and chatted with the Principle and Vice-Principle about issues such as social media, attendance and professional expectations. They got to meet the ‘RE ambassadors’ from year 10 and get some inside information on what they think makes a good RE lesson before speaking to ex-Edge Hill alumni about surviving your PGCE and NQT year. A lovely end to a very intense 3 weeks! Thanks Cowley!
On Friday 15th September the RE PGCE trainees visited Liverpool Anglican Cathedral to help develop their subject knowledge around Christianity and places of worship. We had a great tour from Helen, who told us about the history of the Cathedral and that without a ‘cathedra’ a Cathedral is just a big church! Trainees thoroughly enjoyed the ‘whispering arch’ – some claimed it was better than vodafone!
RE PGCE trainees were tasked with creating a collage on either their vision of RE or on creating a new world – Things they would leave in the world included chocolate, hugs, friendship, Game of Thrones, equality and unicorns whilst stepping on Lego, inequality, wars and terrorism were left out. As you can see, very creative bunch!