• Juma Prayers at Quwwat Ul Islam Mosque

    Juma Prayers at Quwwat Ul Islam Mosque

    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…

  • ‘Relationships for Learning’

    ‘Relationships for Learning’

    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…

  • Pedagogy in Practice

    Pedagogy in Practice

    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…

  • Teaching and Learning Showcase

    Teaching and Learning Showcase

    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,…

  • Teaching GCSE RE

    Teaching GCSE RE

    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.…

  • NATRE Conference 2017 at Edge Hill

    NATRE Conference 2017 at Edge Hill

    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…

  • RE PGCE: Professionalism conference at Cowley International College

    RE PGCE: Professionalism conference at Cowley International College

    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.…

  • RE PGCE: Liverpool Anglican Cathedral visit

    RE PGCE: Liverpool Anglican Cathedral visit

    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…

  • RE PGCE: Making pedagogies engaging

    RE PGCE: Making pedagogies engaging

    RE PGCE trainees have been working hard before they go out to their first placement schools. In this session they are getting their heads around the different pedagogical approaches to teaching RE and the need for Religious Literacy – well done guys!

  • RE PGCE getting creative!

    RE PGCE getting creative!

    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…