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DfE Funded SKE 200 hours


Teach:RE Religion and Worldviews Subject Knowledge Enhancement
8 week/200 hour Programme
100% Distance Learning*

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.

Students undertaking this funded SKE course are entitle to a bursary of £200 per week for the 8 weeks they are studying ( or part time equivalent). This is administered through the ITT provider who has offered the student a conditional place.

Why study with us?

  • Proven history and success of providing an RE SKE for over 15 years
  • Highly experienced and expert one-to-one tutor support
  • A course tailored to individual needs based on an audit of subject knowledge
  • Subject knowledge content matches GCSE specifications and the Commission on RE Statement of Entitlement (2018)
  • Flexible, online and distance learning approach* so that trainees can complete the course whilst still in paid employment or completing an undergraduate degree
  • Unique access to a network of members of faith and belief communities
  • A bespoke package of resources provided by our partner organisation, NATRE and RE Today Services to support subject knowledge and classroom practice
  • FREE NATRE student membership for one year
  • Direct progress to the NATRE New2RE scheme


*some ITT providers partner with us to offer a blended programme of face-to-face as well as distance learning

What people say about our course

Having expert teachers in the RE classroom has never been more important, and the Teach:RE course plays a vital role in helping to ensure that teachers are confident in their subject knowledge. The flexible structure of the course means that each individual can pursue a programme suited to their own needs, at whatever stage of their career, and is particularly well suited for those starting their teacher training.
Ben Wood, Chair of NATRE

My subject knowledge has been greatly enhanced, as I have a legal background, therefore this course has provided me with an insight into thinking more deeply about topics within religious studies.
AS, Trainee, 2018

The Teach RE SKE enables prospective ITT students to develop the confidence in knowledge and understanding required for planning effective lessons. Students have found the flexibility of the online approach valuable in allowing them to work at their own pace in preparation for their ITE course.
Elicia Lewis, Senior Lecturer in Primary and Secondary Education, University of East London

We have referred several PGCE RE applicants to complete the SKE course offered through Culham St Gabriel’s Trust because of the high-quality support the students receive. The content of the modules is stimulating and practical for teaching RE, and the guidance online, and from the tutors, is excellent. Students who have undergraduate degrees in Sociology, Psychology and Politics have completed this course, and have gone on to secured RE teaching posts in schools.
Becky Davidge, University of Worcester

Our Team


The course is led and managed by Dr Kathryn Wright. Kathryn says,

‘After teaching in East London secondary schools for a number of years, I became an RE adviser to the London Borough of Newham for four years before going freelance. As well as working as a consultant for Culham St Gabriel’s, I advise the Diocese of Norwich, and Diocese of St Albans. I am a co-opted member of the NATRE executive and am a board member for the Religious Education Council of England and Wales, chairing its Education Committee. I am also a Section 48 inspector and an RE Quality Mark assessor. I have recently completed my PhD examining the purpose of RE and pedagogy in Church of England schools. I am currently involved in research applying social psychological theory to the RE classroom.
My work for Culham St Gabriel’s Trust includes managing our Teach:RE Courses which provide subject knowledge enhancement for those entering the profession, as well as professional development for those already teaching RE in primary and secondary phases. I also oversee the RE teacher recruitment strategy on behalf of the RE Council and contribute to wider thinking on leadership, research and professional development’.

Kathryn is supported by a team of tutors, all of whom have qualified teacher status and have taught or are currently teaching religious education. Many of them have experience as PGCE tutors and are involved in academic research. Many of them have master’s or doctoral qualifications in the subject.

Email trec@cstg.org.uk for more information.

To apply for the DfE Funded SKE 200 hour course click here

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