I have a degree in Religious Studies with Applied Social Studies. I knew that I wanted to be an RS teacher but wasn’t ready to do the PGCE straight away. As a result I spent a couple of years working for PGL (an outdoor education company), eventually becoming a Guest Care Manager.
I then headed off to Magaluf to become a holiday rep before starting my PGCE at Liverpool Hope University where Joy Schmack is the tutor. I really enjoyed the course, even though it was very hard work, and it cemented my belief that RS is one of the most important subjects within the curriculum, and that it can make a huge difference to student’s lives. I spent 3 years teaching at Great Sankey High School in Warrington, where alongside teaching RS I became the co-ordinator for the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.
I also mentored an NQT and assisted on an LEA inset on the use of ICT in RS. I moved to Ridgeway School in Plympton (on the outskirts of Plymouth) to become the Key Stage 3 RS Co-ordinator and recently I’ve been promoted to Head of Religious Studies. I still feel that RS is the most important subject in the curriculum and when it is taught well, students can get an enormous amount out of the subject.
I’ll always remember my second GCSE group at Great Sankey, who taught me a lot about how students think about ultimate questions and how the world works (so to speak). Their lessons were definitely an eye opener on student thinking about God, Life and the Universe, and I always think back to them if I need reminding of why I teach RS!