Elicia Lewis

Elicia Lewis

Senior Lecturer

Religious Education; Programme Leader for Secondary RE ITE

Department of Teacher Education , School of Education and Communities

Elicia is Programme Leader for Secondary RE ITE and leads the Primary PGCE Humanities with RE route. Her research interests are in Religious Education, the classroom error climate and pupils' responses to challenge.


  • BA, MA, PGCE

Areas Of Interest

  • Religious education
  • Teacher education
  • The classroom error climate and pupils' responses to challenge
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I am a Senior Lecturer and Subject Lead for Secondary Religious Education, responsible for all aspects of the planning, delivery and evaluation of the PGCE and School Direct RE programmes, including working with partnership schools across London.

I gained  my BA (Hons) in Philosophy and Theology at Heythrop College, University of London and following this an MA in Philosophy of Religion at King's College, London. After my PGCE. (Institute of Education), I taught in the London Borough of Brent for five years, where I was  Head of RE and Classics. During this time I gained a Farmington Institute Millennium Award that enabled me to research inclusion and access in philosophy lessons. I also won a Jerusalem Trust bursary for new writers of Religious Education material. This resulted in the 'Truthseekers' series of books on philosophy of religion.

Taking a break from London life, I taught at both primary and secondary levels for three years in Wellington, New Zealand as a Director of Thinking and Learning, which included responsibility for Gifted and Talented education. I also was an educational consultant, working with schools and associations on thinking skills, the Philosophy for Children programme, questioning skills and enquiry-based learning.

I joined UEL in 2006 and became Programme Leader for Religious Education (Secondary) . I am currently studying for a PhD, looking at pupil and teacher perceptions of challenge and failure.

External roles

  • External Examiner for UCL Institute of Education's Secondary RE PGCE programme
  • Consultancy for schools, colleges and other institutions on issues of: thinking skills; RE; e-learning; metacognition; enquiry-based learning; P4C; gifted education


Elicia's research interests lie in religious education, teacher education and the role of mistakes and impasses in the classroom.

  • The classroom error climate
  • Soft failure and the relationship with resilience 
  • Applied psychological theories in the classroom
  • Philosophy for Children
  • RE pedagogy and practice
  • E-Learning in teaching


  • Considering cross-phase peer-mentoring in ITE: what can each party bring to the table?, Research in Teacher Education, Vol 4, no.1, 2014
  • Locating the third space in Initial Teacher Training, Research in Teacher Education, Vol 2, no.2 2012
  • When Gove became bigger than God: using social bookmarking to track subject knowledge development and student priorities in Initial Teacher Training, Research in Teacher Education, Vol 1, no.2011
  • Writer of professional materials for Test of Faith: Science and Religion Meet (2011), Stapleford Centre Publications

Books for teachers

  • Truth-Seekers: Thinking about Truth (2010)
  • Truth-seekers: Thinking about the Nature of God (2009)
  • Truth-Seekers: Thinking about God (2009)


PGCE Secondary Religious Education

As a religious education teacher, you can help your pupils become compassionate young adults, respectful of religious and cultural differences.

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PGCE Primary With Humanities And Religious Education

On the Humanities and Religious Education (RE) route you will gain the skills, knowledge and confidence to take on a leadership role in the field.

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I am the Subject Lead for the Secondary Religious Education Secondary Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programmes and also Lead for the PGCE Primary Humanities with RE route and Primary ITE Geography and RE Leads. I am the joint Module Leader for the Secondary PGCE Subject Knowledge module.


  • RE Secondary Initial Teacher Education RE and Geography programmes
  • Professional studies
  • Subject knowledge and pedagogy (joint module leader)
  • School based experience
  • Active inquiry
  • Securing Pupil Progress