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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 2020.

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 partners 2018-19

Bishop Grosseteste University
Bromley Schools’ Collegiate
Gloucestershire Initial Teacher Education Partnership SCITT (GITEP)
Hillingdon SCITT
Leeds Trinity University
Liverpool John Moores University
Mid Essex ITT
ELTSA Partnership London SCITT
Preston Teaching School Alliance
Sheffield Hallam University
Shotton Hall SCITT
St Mary’s University – Twickenham
The Cambridge Partnership
University of Brighton
University of Cambridge
University of Chester
University of Cumbria
University of East London
University of Exeter
University of Oxford
University of Roehampton
University of Winchester
University of Worcester
York St John University

Our Team

The course is led and managed by Kate Christopher.

Kate taught RE in Secondary schools in London and Essex for 11 years before becoming an RE adviser. As well as laeding and managing the Teach RE courses she currently works in a freelance capacity designing training, pupil days, teaching resources and INSET.

Kate recently completed her PhD in Philosophy of Education at UCL’s Institute of Education, focussing on issues of antiracism, multiculturalism and liberal education. Her interest in the claims made for RE have led to a focus on the purpose and capacity of the subject.

Kate 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.


The course was written by Dr Kathryn Wright.





Deborah Elwine is the Office and Operations Manager for Culham St Gabriel’s Trust and provides administration support for the Teach RE courses.





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

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


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