Is RE for me?
A career as an RE teacher is a natural extension for graduates of Theology, PPE and RS. But RE teachers come from a wide range of disciplines, from sociology to psychology. Many others find RE teaching a rewarding career change.
As well as holding a relevant degree, those switching to RE teaching bring knowledge of community issues, faith, belief, ethics and philosophy either gained in the workplace or through volunteer work.
Above all you’ll have a keen interest in topical debate and issues of faith and belief. And you’ll be keen to inspire a new generation of critical thinkers.
This is what some RE teachers say about their subject:
“Pupils never cease to amaze me and I love to see their enthusiasm and joy for the subject growing.”
“Feels amazing – especially when you can turn young people’s brains on to ethics and why the way we act in the world matters.”
“Being able to deal with challenging questions and turn that into fascination and wonder is very rewarding.”
“I became fascinated by the insight that RE can give to the weird and wonderful nature of humanity.”
“I’ve found teaching RE to be a force for good in a difficult world.”
“My first engaging discussion with Year 10s about Capital Punishment crystallised any indecision about leaving behind a life in commercial property. Challenging questions and open dialogue sets the RS classroom apart from any other career I can think of.”
“RE was always my passion. I was a computer programmer with Dept for Education. Gained my degree part time whilst still working. DfE supported my teacher training year. Best move ever.”