Congratulations on being offered a place on our PGCE primary School Direct programme.

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

As you prepare to start your PGCE, please do make sure that you have met all of the conditions attached to your offer by the stipulated deadline.

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 the admissions team by 26th August 2022)

Please note there are drop in sessions for your ID checks to be done on campus on the following dates:

Thursday 16th June

Thursday 30th June

Thursday 14th July

These will take place in DG127 1pm-3pm

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


The following calendars show the days when your university training will take place. Please note that these are just your YSJ training days and not those provided by your alliance. For Esk Valley and Polaris, all of your university training will take place at York St John. For Campus Stockton and Middlesbrough students, some of your university training will take place in York (blue days) and for those days showing red, your training will take place within your alliance, but delivered by your university academic tutor. Please make sure you access the calendar that corresponds to your alliance.

Subject knowledge Audits

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. The audits are a formative tool and enable you to reflect and identify areas of personal need. The audits cover key aspects of English, mathematics and science curriculum content and to ensure you are prepared to teach these, revision in weaker areas will be needed during the summer.

Please access the audits via the links contained within the following word documents. Once completed, record you scores on the same tracking document and record any revision work you have done as preparation for your start in September. Please note that these audits will be repeated in January to demonstrate progress. You should be prepared to show your subject knowledge audit scores with your alliance in September as areas of development will inform your early targets. Please also save your completed subject knowledge trackers electronically because you will need to upload these onto your electronic portfolio at at later date.

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 develop 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 on this day and you can select the most appropriate workshops that will support areas of weakness.

Professional Competency Audit

The professional competency audit has been devised to allow you to demonstrate the required knowledge and 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 competency in these essential areas, 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. However, do remember to include your full name when completing the audit. The deadline for completion of this audit is 5th September 2022.

Link to professional competency audit

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


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 induction task to ensure you are aware of your responsibilities at this early stage.

Please access the document below and engage in the outlined tasks. You should be prepared to bring your written reflection to our induction day on 11th June where we will discuss key points.

Please note that the remote modules (Safeguarding, Prevent and FGM) must be completed before your September start date and you MUST present your certificates to your school as proof of completion. Please do keep electronic copies of your certificates as these will need to be uploaded to your online portfolio at a later date.

Induction Day 11th June 2022

The following information was shared on our induction day. You can also find an electronic copy of the Induction Handbook. Do remember that the tasks within the Induction Handbook are to be completed once you begin the programme in September and should be your focus for the first two weeks. The tasks have been designed for you to begin to consider key aspects of primary practice. Theses tasks are not formally assessed but will inform your early discussions and reflections within workshops.

Link To Induction Day PowerPoints

Programme Handbook

The Programme Handbook gives you lots of information about the structure and expectations of your programme. It also gives you the overview of your university training days, the code of conduct that you must adhere to as you enter the teaching profession and key programme outcomes. Please do take some time to read through the document below.

Critical Thinking and Reading Skills

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.

OneDrive Link to Narrated PowerPoint

Critical Writing Workshop

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.

Critical Writing Workshop


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.

Arrangements for 5th and 6th September

Please see the document below for arrangements for the 5th and 6th September. These are the first two university training days of your programme and both days begin at 10am. The document below details rooms but should be read in conjunction with university overview to identify more detailed content and reading/school-based tasks.

Please make sure that you have fully engaged in your induction process before you begin your programme on 5th September and remember that you will need to present evidence of safeguarding, prevent and FGM training to your school on 7th September. You should also share your subject knowledge tracking documents with your mentor during the first week of school.

Link to training materials for 5th and 6th September

The following link provides you with a map of the university campus. Parking is available directly opposite the university at Union Terrace but this is fairly expensive and you might want to take advantage of York’s park and ride options.

Campus map

Union Terrace parking

York park and ride information