Congratulations on being offered a place on our PGCE primary university centred programme.


The programme begins on:
Monday 5th September.

Please arrive promptly at:
De Grey Lecture Theatre for a 9am start
(access available from 8.30am).

The day closes at 5pm.

The following information has been provided to ensure you are ready to begin your career in teaching and prepare you for the professional and academic expectations of the PGCE.

Please do make sure you work through all the information and tasks provided for you as this will ensure you are able to make a positive start to your training programme.

York St John University

As you prepare to start your PGCE, please do make sure that you have met all of the conditions attached to your offer. This will include:

DBS documentation (to be received by the admissions team by 9th July 2022)

GCSE confirmation or equivalency tests (to be received by the admissions team by 26th August 2022)

Medical documentation (to be received by the admissions team by 9th July 2022)

Degree confirmation (to be received by 26th August 2022)

Please note there are drop in sessions with the admissions team for ID to be checked on the following dates:

Thursday 16th June

Thursday 30th June

Thursday 14th July

All these drop in sessions take place in DG127 1pm-3pm. If these times are not suitable please contact the admissions team directly to arrange a mutually convenient time:

If you have any questions relation to your conditions, please do contact our admissions department at

Course Calendars 2022-23

The calendars below indicates your placement dates for 2022-23. When not in school, you will be on campus for your university-based training, including during some of the school half-term holidays. A detailed timetable will be shared with you on the first day of the course, Monday 5th September 2022.

Professional Competency Test

The Professional competency audit has been devised to allow you to demonstrate the required skills in essential literacy and numeracy that have been identified by the DfE. All teachers are required to be effective communicators and to be able to interpret data and, therefore, you need to demonstrate a minimum level to be awarded Qualified Teacher Status.

To help you demonstrate your competency in these essential skills, you should take the following audit which can be accessed via the link below, Please note that for this audit, there is a minimum pass mark that must be met to show competency. That pass mark is 70%. If you reach the required pass mark, you will not need to take the audit again. If you do not reach a pass mark of 70%, please do not worry as there will be further opportunities throughout your programme to re-sit this. There is no need to record this score anywhere as we will track who has passed and who needs to re-sit at a later date. Please remember to include your full name when completing the audit.

Link to professional competency audit

Your first attempt at the professional competency audit needs to be completed by Monday 5th September 2022.

Auditing and tracking your subject knowledge

The following subject knowledge audits have been written to ensure you are aware of the level of subject knowledge required to be a primary school teacher. They cover key aspects of English, mathematics and science curriculum content. To ensure you are prepared to teach these subjects, revision in weaker areas will be needed during the summer (suggested support resources below). These audits will be repeated later in the year to demonstrate your progress.

There is no ‘pass mark’ for these audits; they are for you and your tutors to identify your strengths and areas for development throughout your induction and the course.

Please access the audits via the links contained within the tracker documents below. Once completed, record your scores on the tracker document and record any revision work you have done as preparation for your start in September. Save a digital copy of each of your trackers, as you will need to bring them to your first subject workshops in September.

Suggested reading and resources have been provided to support your revision and again these can be found in the documents below. These should be a starting point and not a definitive list. Please be as proactive as you can be and use the time over the summer to revise and build confidence in areas where development is needed.

We would suggest that you complete the audits before your face-to-face induction day (Saturday 11th June) as we will be holding subject knowledge taster events and you can select the most appropriate workshops that will support areas of weakness.

The Importance of Reading for Pleasure

Reading is a fundamental skill that unlocks learning across the whole curriculum. As primary school teachers, it is essential that we promote the joy of reading, as research shows that those children who choose to read develop academically and socially. Therefore, you must become a role model for the children in your class and promote the value of reading across the whole curriculum. To support you with this, we have provided you with the following list of recommended texts. Please select the age range that you will be teaching and spend some time over the summer enjoying examples of children’s literature. There is no need to buy these texts but I would recommend visiting your local library and accessing the children’s section. Happy reading!

100 best books

There is no deadline for this task – start building your knowledge of children’s literature now and continue throughout your course (and career!).

Safeguarding Online Training

The safeguarding of children is a fundamental aspect of the teaching role and everyone in school has a collective responsibility to keep children safe. Although you will receive detailed training in aspects of safeguarding at the beginning of your programme, you must undertake the following online training and reflection task to ensure you are aware of your responsibilities at this early stage.

Complete the online training programmes below before you begin the programme. Each should take you about 30 minutes. Please save the certificate as proof of your completion. Again, you will need to upload these certificates to your online learning profile at a later date.

You must complete this online training before going into any school or setting.

Level 1 Safeguarding Online Training from North Yorkshire County Council.

Please make sure that you add you name to the certificate and screenshot and print your final certificate. An electronic version for this certificate must be saved because you will be uploading this to your online portfolio at a later date.


FGM  (Need to register and create a Home Office account to access)

Safeguarding Reflection Task

York St John University ITE believes that keeping children safe is the most important part of a teacher’s role.

Early in the course you will receive safeguarding training and safeguarding practices and principles will be revisited throughout the course, both in university and placements – for example, before you go into a new setting, you will be required to read the setting’s safeguarding policy.

In preparation for your role as an adult with safeguarding responsibilities:

  • Read Part 1, Annex A, B and C of Keeping Children Safe in Education’ by DfE (2022).
  • Locate and read a primary school safeguarding policy. All primary schools have their safeguarding policy available on their website. Note, some schools may call this their ‘child protection policy’ – don’t confuse ‘safeguarding’ with ‘health and safety’.
  • Write a 300 word reflection on keeping children safe in schools. What are your responsibilities? What key aspects of the policy stand out to you and why?

You should bring your written reflection to the first day of the course in September and be ready to discuss your ideas. You will be asked to upload this reflection to your online learning profile once you are enrolled. 

Experiential Placements and Tasks (student organised)

Thursday 15th September – Tuesday 20th September

You will need to organise placements in two diffe rent schools or settings for September. Details about these placements requirements and the tasks you will need to complete can be found in the Experiential Placements Handbook.

Placements’ Student Information Form

The placements team are already confirming schools that can provide assessed school experience placements in the next academic year. In order to undertake the mammoth task of placing students across all the different routes, they require information about where you live and your personal circumstances. Please complete this form as fully as possible.

Your placement schools will be confirmed at least a week before the placement begins, to give you time to contact the school in advance. It is unlikely that we will be able to inform students of their school earlier than this, due to the complexity of the task and the number of students across all routes. You will be briefed fully on each placement in advance and have access to the School Experience handbooks from early on in the programme.

Information from the Induction Day -11th June 2022

Critical Reading Task

The following narrated workshop has been designed to demonstrate the academic expectations of your PGCE programme. You will need to pass all of your academic assignments at Master’s Level to be awarded a PGCE. Therefore, to prepare you for this level of study, we are giving you the opportunity to develop your understanding of criticality within the context of educational research.

Please download and save the narrated PowerPoint from the link below. Please note that the link will expire within one month so please do access this PowerPoint soon and save it somewhere for later reference. Work through the workshop and access the identified article and Padelt grid contained within the PowerPoint slides. Please contribute to the Padlet wall and take some time to read and comment on your colleagues’ comments. The notetaking framework (below) will help you to identify key aspects of criticality within the article we have asked you to read.

Narrated Powerpoint for Critical Reading Task

Critical Writing Task

This workshop has been designed to support your critical writing skills. Criticality is an essential component of M Level study and this workshop will highlight the academic expectations of your PGCE as well as support your understanding of how to plan and compose a piece of critical writing.

Please ensure you have completed the critical thinking and reading workshop before engaging with this workshop as this will support your understanding.

You can access the Powerpoint from the link below.

Powerpoint for Critical Writing task

Up-to-date C.V.

As you begin your programme, you will, be required to upload an up to date CV to your online Pebblepad portfolio. Please complete the below template and save this electronically. This can then be uploaded onto your portfolio once you have access and have received training.

Programme Handbook – PGCE Primary UC

This is the Programme Handbook for 2022-2023. You should familiarise yourself with the programme handbook before the start of the course.

Accessing your university timetable

Once you are enrolled, you will be able to access your timetable via the York St John website.  

  • Go to the student homepage and click on the link for timetables.  
  • Select ‘view 2022/23 Timetable’ and enter your university username and password when prompted.  
  • Select ‘student set’ and in the filter box type ZZ/ELP/PGCE and press enter.  
  • Select your group: 

ZZ/ELP/PGCE PRIM UNI CENTRE – GRP 01 for 3-7 route 
ZZ/ELP/PGCE PRIM UNI CENTRE – GRP 02 for 7-11 route 

  • Select time period – scroll and select the week you want to look at (e.g., “w/c P.01 Mon 5 Sept 22”) 
  • Select ‘All Weekdays’.   
  • Make sure the time 09:00-20:00 is selected and that the type of report is ‘Grid without Student Info’.  
  • Click the ‘view timetable’ button and your timetable will be displayed. 

Note: Your university timetable may be subject to change due to unavoidable circumstances. As far as possible, we endeavour to make no changes, but students should check their online timetable regularly to confirm times and rooms.