Applying to STEP
All applicants are given an opportunity to express their views concisely in writing by submitting a Personal Statement of no more than 750 words. The purpose of the Personal Statement is to ascertain your commitment to a career as a secondary-level religious education teacher and to assess the quality of your writing in order to determine your suitability to undertake graduate-level studies.
In addition, all applicants will be required to submit three confidential reference letters. Applicants are advised to provide at least two academic references. Applicants with work experience are advised to provide one professional reference.
Those applicants whose academic qualifications are not deemed to be equal to a UK honours degree will be required to submit a qualifying essay of 2000 - 2500 words. The Qualifying Essay (QE) is assigned after a candidate's academic qualifications have been assessed by the IOE. Further details on the Qualifying Essay will be conveyed to the relevant candidates.
Shortlisted applicants willbe required to undertake an REC Practicum experience at a local religious education centre for a period of 5-8 weeks, which will start before the interviews commence. This REC practicum will be observed by designated ITREB/ITREC staff, who will produce a report based on your performance, which will be submitted to the STEP Selection Committee for further assessment. Further information on the REC Practicum experience can be obtained from your national ITREB-STEP Team.
Following successful completion of the REC Practicum experience, shortlisted candidates will be interviewed. The interview process consists of a group interview, an individual interview and the submission of a reflective writing piece of 750-1000 words. Further details on interview requirements will be communicated to all the shortlisted candidates.