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Elicia Lewis

Senior Lecturer

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.

    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.

    Elicia's research interests lie in  religious education, teacher education  and the role of mistakes and impasses in the classroom.
    Elicia is the External Examiner for UCL Institute of Education's Secondary RE PGCE programme


     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

    Books for teachers:

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

    Writer of professional materials for Test of Faith: Science and Religion Meet (2011), Stapleford Centre Publications 


    My current interests include:

    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

    External Professional interests

    Consultancy for schools, colleges and other institutions on issues of: thinking skills; RE; e-learning; metacognition; enquiry-based learning; P4C; gifted education



    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

    Secondary RE ITE
    Secondary RE Booster Course
    Primary PGCE PWR Humanities with RE
    Primary PGCE (lead geography) 
    Examples of various keynotes and conferences and in-service presentations
    May 2013 Into the third space: closing the gap between theory and practice
    July 2011 Social bookmarking and RE
    June 2006. The Power of the Question, Literacy Association, New Zealand.
    January 2006 Enquiry-based learning
    October 2005 Thinking Skills