Welcome to my blog!
In this post I thought I would share with you my journey to becoming a teacher of Religion and Philosophy.
I have been intrigued by the importance of Religion and Theology from studying GCSE RE; I more or less knew then that I would one day teach this subject and aim to become just half the teacher my inspiring GCSE RE teacher was.
After my GCSEs I went on to study A-level Religion and Philosophy, alongside English Language, History and Politics and then undergraduate and Masters degrees in Religion, Culture and Society (the best decision I made!). After this, I spent a year working in an independent secondary school, shadowing subject teachers and members of the Senior Leadership team in order to really understand the life as a teacher, although I knew working in a state school would differ to an independent one.
In September 2017 I started my journey to becoming a qualified A-level teacher, as I knew A-level teaching was the one for me – what drove me to teaching at this level was a culmination of the maturity levels of students and their understanding of this topic in the contemporary world, the scope of the specifications and the chance to really engage with key topics and issues at this level with 16-18 year olds! It was at this age that I had decided to become a teacher and I relished the opportunity to inspire young people at this age.
I graduated from my PGCE course (more on this in the next post!) in July 2018 having already secured a full time position at a Sixth Form College.
So here we are today… a couple of years into my teaching career I decided it was the right time to create a blog where I would pen down my journey, thoughts and experiences of being an RE teacher. Over the next few posts, I will be sharing key points from my first year of teaching, hopefully to help any new teachers starting out in their career. I would love for you to send me a message with your thoughts and to share your experiences too. I will be focussing on Religious Studies and Philosophy as much as possible, as I believe we need to be discussing this subject now more than ever!
In the following post, I’ll be sharing my PGCE journey and any words of advice for those starting their own teaching journey.
Thank you for reading!