Free Self-Study Courses

Our Teach:RE courses have moved to their new home here on RE:ONLINE.
We offer four free self-study courses. Expand each of them to find out more details, including how to register and access each course:
An Introduction to Religion and Worldviews for Primary Practitioners

***This self study course was originally on the Teach:RE website as Teach:RE Primary – an introduction. It has been updated and the new version appears here on RE:ONLINE***

This self-study course is for anyone involved in teaching Primary RE/ Religion and Worldviews who would like to improve their knowledge and skills. Whether you are an Early Career Teacher, an HTLA, a school-based mentor, an ITE provider, lead teacher or classroom teacher, this course offers up-to-date CPD in the subject, connecting to Teachers’ Standards, current RE/ Religion and Worldviews recommendations and high quality teaching and learning.

The course comprises three Activities, covering three aims:

  • To think about the purpose of RE/ Religion and Worldviews in the curriculum
  • To consider high quality teaching and learning in RE/ Religion and Worldviews
  • To gain confidence in developing RE/ Religion and Worldviews subject knowledge

Once you have completed the course you can ask your mentor, lead teacher of Headteacher to sign off you work (full details in the course instructions). Send your signed form to trec@cstg.org.uk to receive a certificate of completion.

When you register you will receive a password to access the course.

Course length: You can take as long as you like to complete the course as it is self-directed study. The course is designed to take 12 hours. We recommend you complete the activities over one to three months.

Cost: The course is free. We just ask that you register, and you will be sent an email with the password to access the course materials.
If you have any questions please email trec@cstg.org.uk

Religion and Worldviews – subject knowledge for teaching

This short self-study course is for anyone who wishes to develop their subject knowledge of religion and worldviews to teach pupils in a primary or secondary setting. This course will be of particular benefit to those beginner teachers who are wanting to support their requirement to meet teacher standards. However, it also provides an opportunity for more experienced teachers to improve their subject knowledge so they can be confident in answering pupil questions or developing a particular aspect of their curriculum.

The course comprises:

  • This is a self-study course. When you register you will receive a password to access the course materials.
  • The focus of this course is developing your subject knowledge of one or two religious or non-religious worldviews so you can teach them more confidently and effectively in the classroom.
  • The self-study course leads you through a series of subject knowledge specific readings and invites you to create a powerpoint presentation for either your pupils (if you are a secondary teacher) or teacher colleagues to support their understanding of one or more religious or non-religious worldviews. The aim is for you to use what you have read and interpreted in order to create a resource to use with pupils or with other teachers in the future.

Course length: You can take as long as you like to complete this course as it is self-directed study. The course is designed to take about 20 hours if you research thoroughly before putting your powerpoint together.

Course completion: As this course is self-study your completed powerpoint acts as evidence of you having completed the course.

Cost: This self-study course is free. We just ask that you register and you will be sent an email with the password to access the course materials.

If you have any questions please email trec@cstg.org.uk

Religion and Worldviews in dialogue and discourse

Our self-study course on dialogue is suitable for all teachers of all age groups in all types of schools. Dialogue and conversation is an integral part of teaching and learning in religion and worldviews.

Whatever the age of pupils, their background and context, conversation is a medium of exploration and understanding.

The course comprises:

  • This is a self-study course. When you register you will receive a password to access the course materials.
  • The focus of this course is considering both how dialogue and conversation supports learning and how teachers and pupils can become aware of their own worldviews.
  • The self-study course guides you through a series of recorded conversations, blogs and chapter extracts taken from current conversations about religion and worldviews education. As well as expanding your understanding of the value and role of dialogue you will be introduced to significant authors, researchers and teachers in this field. You will produce notes and reflections and think about a practical activity for the classroom.

Course length: You can take as long as you like to complete this course as it is self-directed study. The course is designed to take about 25 hours. This includes reading and listening as well as time for your own responses.

Course completion: As this course is self-study your finished responses and reflections provide evidence of your completion.

Cost: This self-study course is free. We just ask that you register and you will be sent an email with the password to access the course materials.

If you have any questions please email trec@cstg.org.uk

Religion, Worldviews and Community Relations

Our self-study course exploring Religion & Worldviews (R&W) or RE and Community Relations is suitable for all teachers of all age groups in all types of schools. This is an issue that affects all classrooms as well as the wider school.

The course comprises:

  • This is a self-study course. When you register you will receive a password to access the course materials.
  • This course introduces you to thinking around how far learning in R&W can reduce prejudice or increase respect in society.
  • You will be guided through two structured tasks. In each, reading is given, covering different aspects such as psychological theory or teaching and learning. Short questions are set to draw out your responses. Finally, we invite you to contribute your reflections as a blog post.

Course length:

  • You can take as long as you like to complete this course as it is self-directed study. The course is designed to take approximately 20 hours. This includes reading, answering questions and writing your blog post.

Course completion: As this course is self-study your finished responses and reflections provide evidence of your completion. When you are ready to submit your blog, email the course director. Details are given in the course instructions.

Cost: This self-study course is free. We just ask that you register and you will be sent an email with the password to access the course materials.

If you have any questions please email trec@cstg.org.uk