Initial Teacher Training Providers

We partner with a number of Higher Education Institutions and School Direct/SCITT providers to:

  • promote religious education teaching as an exciting and rewarding career through the Beyond the Ordinary campaign
  • support preparation for secondary teacher training through the TeachRE Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course (60 hour and DfE Funded 200-hour)
  • support primary teacher training and newly qualified teachers through our freely available self-study Teach:RE Primary – An Introduction course
  • support primary ITT providers through a freely available toolkit and resources

Promoting RE teaching

As part of our work, we actively promote the teaching RE through the Beyond the Ordinary campaign. The Teach RE website hosts information for potential recruits about the campaign.

We have created a PowerPoint presentation that initial teacher training providers may want to use as part of their own recruitment campaign. You can download this here.

We have also created a Beyond the Ordinary flyer, which can be downloaded here

Preparing students for secondary initial teacher training

DfE Funded 200-hour Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course
This course is specifically for those students who have been granted funding by the Department for Education through their ITT Provider to undertake a SKE course before or during their ITT year beginning in September 2019. Please refer to our ITT provider pages about this course which can be found here. Please note this applies to those training in England only.

Teach:RE Subject Knowledge Enhancement 60-hour Course

Our TeachRE Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course 60-hour course prepares students by providing opportunities to develop subject knowledge for up to four religions/worldviews. This course may be recommended by ITT providers to students who do not require a full 200-hour subject knowledge enhancement course. As a provider of ITT we can offer you ‘bulk’ buy/reduced rate options for the course to help you in your recruitment efforts.

Individual Price: £150 per student
Bulk Buy Price for 5 or more places bought together by a provider: £125 per student

Please contact for more information about this.

Supporting the beginner teacher in primary schools

The Teach:RE Primary – An Introduction course is designed to support those entering primary phase teaching. Three short activities help those undertaking initial teacher training or who are in their NQT year to explore the purpose of RE, where to find resources and how to teach RE effectively in the primary phase. The course is offered free and requires self-study. It is designed to complement the RE input beginner teachers receive as part of their teacher training.

Supporting Primary ITT tutors with plans and resources

In September 2018, the Commission on Religious Education published its findings about the current state of RE in schools and made eleven recommendations concerning policy and practice to improve its quality. The Commission’s findings concerning the preparation of primary trainees to teach RE indicate that there has been an overall decline in the number of hours provided for RE in ITE programmes, with some trainees reporting that they receive little or no training and limited or no experience of teaching RE during their ITT courses.

Although there is very good training by many providers, the Commissions’ recommendations create an opportunity for all providers of Primary ITT to consider the quality and quantity of their RE. As well as pupils having an entitlement to good RE, beginner teachers also have an entitlement to high-quality preparation to teach this complex subject effectively and appropriately.

Culham St. Gabriel Trust has funded a project to investigate further what could be creatively and successfully taught and learned in 12 hours’ provision. The result of this project is a practical toolkit for ITT tutors. The toolkit is freely available for all to use and can be found here. If you do use the toolkit we would value your feedback, please email us at