A number of charitable trusts and organisations pooled resources from 2014 to make potential teacher trainees aware of the exciting career opportunities available in RE teaching. Culham St Gabriel’s worked alongside other funders to lobby for the reintroduction of bursaries for teacher trainees in RE and for funded subject knowledge enhancement courses.
In 2015-2020 the Government reintroduced bursaries for teacher trainees in RE and in 2018/19 introduced for the first time funded subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) courses for those wanting to enter the profession.
Alongside this, Culham St Gabriel’s supported the ‘Beyond the Ordinary’ campaign. This campaign set about to increase the numbers of those becoming secondary teachers of RE. Over the last five years the number of those entering the profession has increased, particularly since the SKE courses were introduced. In 2019-2020, the subject above its target for the first time in many years.
The Trust continues to work alongside the RE Council of England and Wales, and the RE Policy Unit to advocate for parity in teacher recruitment and retention for all teachers of RE.