Session 11

Developing student teachers’ skill and understandings of dialogue in primary Religious Education

Linda Whitworth, Senior Lecturer in Primary Teacher Education Citizenship & Religious Education, Middlesex University London

This paper presents a module taught with Year 2 Primary Initial Teacher Education students. The students’ cultural and religious diversity, identified through ethnic identity in the student cohort for this programme, is considerably higher than the national average (recorded at 44% in 2016, compared with a national average of 10% of BAME students in Primary ITE in 2015). As students are placed in North London for teaching practice, the diversity of London as a ‘super-city’ (Vertovec, 2007) also enables students to engage with pupils from a wide variety of backgrounds in their preparation as student teachers.