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New Year

The new academic year has begun in earnest at Edge Hill University’s RE department.  We have once again been able to attract students keen to join us en route to becoming qualified RE teachers; we have a record number of Secondary Undergraduates with 12 year 1 students, 16 year 2s and 14 year 3s.  Added to this are our 15 PGCE students.  With over 50 full time students training to become Secondary RE teachers, this means that we are still the largest provider of RE Initial Teacher Education in the country.  In addition to this we have a growing number of Primary trainees who choose RE as one of their specialism, currently over 50 students.

Mike with the new First Year Undergraduate RE students
Mike with the new First Year Undergraduate RE students

We have also re-opened our Flexible PGCE RE course.  This flexibility means that students can take up to 3 years to complete the PGCE, using a blended (online and face-to-face) approach to the academic modules combined with the usual placements in school.  On the other hand, teachers who have been working with an unqualified status who can show evidence of them meeting the teaching standards can gain QTS and qualify in a term. It is great that bursaries are available for suitably qualified students.  Applications for Flexible PGCE remain open all year round.

Francis and the PGCE RE Group
Francis and the PGCE REGroup

This follows a hugely successful 2014-15: Postgraduates had a record breaking year with 100% gaining grade 1 on their final placement.  Undergraduate QTS students had excellent results too, with half achieving a first class degree and the remainder a 2:1.  Once again our QTS students all secured employment as teachers.

Undergraduates of 2015 Celebrate Graduation
Undergraduates of 2015 Celebrate Graduation

 

 

Graduation Time Again

The sun shone brightly on our PGCE RE Class of 2014 and our final cohort of Key Stage 2/3 RE Undergraduates.

The year has been a hugely successful one for RE at Edge Hill.  All of our Undergraduates were in employment by the time of graduation (a first) and only a few PGCE students were still looking to secure a position.  Record numbers of students had completed the course with Outstanding teaching grades, and more postgraduates than ever had gained Masters Credits for the academic elements of their study.

Graduation day was a day to celebrate success with friends and family.  We are all very proud of our RE students at Edge Hill and wish them a long and happy teaching career!

Not only ‘Outstanding’, but ‘Exceptional’

The sun shone brightly on the stars of the BA(Hons) Key Stage 2/3 Religious Education degree course as they were awarded their degrees and celebrated their achievements.  As the self proclaimed ‘Best RE class ever!’ the 14 graduands were awarded their degree by the Chancellor, Professor Tanya Byrom, describing Edge Hill graduates as “not only ‘Outstanding’, but ‘Exceptional’!”

This indeed was our best year yet for Undergraduate RE students, with a third of graduates achieving a First class degree – and another half getting a II:i classification. One student, Chris Lawson, received a special award for the highest mark in the Faculty for a dissertation.  His study of primary to secondary transition in Catholic RE departments is likely to be published soon. Almost two-thirds of the group were judged to be ‘Outstanding’ in their final teaching practice and most have already secured employment for the next academic term – in primary and secondary settings.

You can watch the whole ceremony here:

 

PGCE Graduation success!

PGCE students from Edge Hill Celebrated their achievements with their Graduation Ceremony.  This year’s PGCE results were fantastic with everyone being rated at least ‘Good’ on their teaching practice and 94% ‘Outstanding’  Around three-quarters of the group already have Masters-level credits which they can take forward to their MA or MEd studies.

It was made an even more special occasion by two doctoral appearances – Mayer, a holocaust survivor who has been speaking to Edge Hill RE trainees since the first years of the course was awarded an honorary Doctorate.  It was also the first outing for Dr. Farrell’s Tudor Bonnet!!

You can watch the ceremony here!