Religious Education with Inspiration Teacher Training

Course offered
QTS full time
Financial support
Bursary or student finance if you’re eligible
Qualification
QTS

Qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in state schools in England.

If you want to teach in the rest of the UK or internationally, consider a course that gives you the qualification ‘postgraduate certificate in education with qualified teacher status’ instead.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019
Website
http://www.inspirationtrust.org/teacher-training

About the course

The world is shaped and defined by global and historical patterns of religion and belief. This course is for people who wish to help students engage critically with religion and philosophy, giving them the knowledge to navigate this complex world.

Candidates come from a wide variety of backgrounds: some come straight from university; others from some experience in the education sector; others from different professions; others after having completing Masters or PhDs; others still from third-sector organisations. What unites these people is a shared understanding that the teaching of RE and philosophy is utterly essential, exciting, and valuable to secondary students.

Trainees will explore critically the nature of the subject and its knowledge basis, the history of RE in its national context, what is considered to be controversial about the subject, the way in which ‘religious education’ connects to the disciplines of religious studies, philosophy, and theology, and the importance and value of the subject in the curriculum.

The course places an emphasis on the powerful knowledge of religion and beliefs that students today require. It emphasises the contribution of religion to pupils’ cultural literacy. Above all, the course places a strong emphasis on the ability to explore interconnected philosophical and theological questions in an academic and scholarly way.

Through participating within a community of practitioners, which includes other trainees on the same course, mentors, and the subject specialist leader (SSL) at the Inspiration Trust. Mentors and SSLs are teachers of RE and philosophy who have reputations at the regional and national level. As a trainee, you become part of this interconnected web of professionals, all of whom are developing and promoting the subject. You will have the opportunity to observe some of these professionals at work; to discuss with them the challenges and opportunities you experience; to learn from them and their various approaches to the discipline. As part of your teacher training programme, you will receive subject-based enhancement with curriculum experts who specialise in the practice of RE, as well as the academic disciplines of religion, theology, and philosophy. Both participation in this community and participation in the discussions taking place throughout it are essential to learning to teach RE and philosophy well.

Interview process

If your application is shortlisted you will be invited to a selection day which will be held in one of our partnership schools. You will spend the day with mentors and with students, taking part in tasks including delivering a presentation, completing a written task, observing and analysing a lesson, and completing an interview.

The day will give you an insight into what it will be like to work in one of our schools, along with the opportunity to ask questions and meet members of our teaching team.

We aim to provide applicants with a decision within a week following the selection day. Depending on the outcome of the day we also offer a phone call to provide feedback on your performance during the tasks.

How school placements work

Trainees will have two placements, each in one of our alliance of primary, secondary, and sixth form schools across East Anglia. We have 13 schools within our Trust and additional partnership schools which we are able to place you in, please see here for a map of where our placement schools are located.

We will try to place you in schools that are convenient for you, with priority given to trainees who have families to care for. Where possible, we will do our best to ensure your commute time is no longer than 40 minutes.

If you are on a Primary course you will be teaching pupils in the age range of 5-11. If you are on a secondary course you will be teaching pupils in the age range of 11-16 with post 16 enhancement.

Fees

The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250

Financial support

You’ll get a bursary of £9,000 if you have a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject.

You don’t have to apply for a bursary - you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out how you’ll be paid.

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Requirements

Qualifications

You should have at least a GCSE Grade C/4 in English and maths; for primary, science is also required.

You should have a degree at 2:1 or above. For secondary courses this must be in or closely related to the subject you want to train in.

You have to pass a professional skills test in literacy and numeracy before you begin your teacher training. Tests need to be booked through Learndirect, who have test centres across the country.

Equivalent non-UK qualifications are acceptable; please contact us for more details.

Other requirements

If you are successful in gaining a place on our course we will need to complete suitability checks related to safeguarding, require confirmation of your health and fitness and will also need to obtain satisfactory references.

About the training provider

Inspiration Teacher Training has been born out of the Inspiration Trust, one of the country's most influential and dynamic academy groups. Formed in 2012, the trust has been at the forefront of radical new approaches to improve education. It has built up an impressive track record in improving existing schools and launching high-quality new provision.

Our curriculum centre is in Norwich and our placement schools are in East Anglia. East Anglia is a fantastic place to live and work, with unspoilt countryside, vibrant communities, and easy access to London.

We think that what makes you special is your knowledge of, and passion for, the subject you teach. We want to help you share this knowledge and passion with children. One of the most exciting things about training as a teacher is the need to broaden your knowledge - there is always something more to learn! This is a philosophy that runs to the core of our training programmes.

As a trainee with Inspiration Teacher Training, you will have a unique, tailored, and special journey through your training year. We have recruited a central team of subject specialist leads with exceptional reputations in their fields who will be leading your programme.

We guarantee that your mentor will be a subject specialist who has read the same course materials that you have. You will have allocated time every week with your mentor focused on discussing readings, setting targets, and reviewing your progress.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We do not discriminate against trainees on the basis of age; race; sex; disability; sexual orientation; gender reassignment; marriage and civil partnership; pregnancy and maternity; religion, faith or belief. (Equality Act 2010 protected characteristics). The principles of non-discrimination and equality of opportunity also apply to the way in which staff and Governors

treat visitors, volunteers, contractors and former staff members.

If you are disabled or become disabled, we encourage you to tell us about your condition so that we can support you as appropriate. Please be aware that such information will be treated confidentially but on the basis of need as some staff will need to know in order for them to provide support. If you experience difficulties during your training, reasonable adjustments can be made to help overcome or minimise the difficulty. We may wish to consult with you and your medical adviser(s) about possible adjustments, Occupational Health will be arranged as appropriate to give advice on reasonable adjustments. We will consider the matter carefully and try to accommodate your needs. If we consider a particular adjustment would not be reasonable we will explain our reasons and try to find an alternative solution where possible.

Contact details

Email
teaching@inspirationtrust.org
Telephone
01603 733446
Website
http://www.inspirationtrust.org/teacher-training
Address
Inspiration Curriculum Centre
256 Hall Road
Norwich
Norfolk

Apply

Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.

Visit Get into Teaching for guidance on applying for teacher training.

When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:

  • Training provider code: 2H7
  • Training programme code: 38B9

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location and give the relevant training location code.

Code Name Address
M Cottenham Village College High Street, Cottenham, Cambridge CB24 8UA
G Hewett Academy Cecil Road, Norwich, Norfolk NR1 2PL
O The Bedford Free School 20A Cauldwell Street, Bedford MK42 9AD
D Cromer Academy Norwich Road, Cromer, Norfolk NR27 0EX
K The Thetford Academy Croxton Road, Thetford, Norfolk IP24 1LH
E East Point Academy Kirkley Run, Lowestoft, Suffolk NR33 0UQ
F Great Yarmouth Charter Academy Salisbury Road, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk NR30 4LS
H Jane Austen College Claxton House, 46 - 48 Colegate, Norwich, Norfolk NR3 1DD
A Hethersett Academy Queen's Road, Norwich NR9 3DB

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