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
  • GCSE confirmation or equivalency tests  
  • Degree confirmation 

Please note there are drop in sessions for your ID checks to be done on campus between 1pm & 3pm  on the following dates:

 Tuesday 16th May in DG019

Thursday1st June in DG126

Wednesday 14th June in DG127

Wednesday 28th June in DG127

Wednesday 12th July in DG127

Thursday 27th July in DG127

Wednesday 9th August in DG127

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

Please also note that our admission team will be available on our face-to-face induction day which will be help as York St John University on Saturday 10th June. There will be more information about the university induction day to follow but do save the date in your diary.  


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, Hope Sentamu and Polaris students, all of your university training will take place at York St John. For Campus Stockton, Middlesbrough and Scarborough Teaching Alliance 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 tutor. Please make sure you access the calendar that corresponds to your alliance and be aware that these are still in draft form and may change due to timetabling requirements.

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

Developing your General Knowledge

As a primary school teachers, you are required to teach the full range of National Curriculum subjects and areas of the EYFS Framework, and although we acknowledge that each teacher will have curriculum strengths, all teachers need to develop a secure grounding across all subjects. To support with your broader curriculum knowledge, we request that you spend some time reflecting on those areas where your general knowledge is weak and begin to gain experience.

To facilitate this, you should visit local museums, art galleries and places of worship as these are rich sources of curriculum knowledge.

The following is a useful website to locate museums and galleries in your area.

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 the 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 2024 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 (Pebblepad) at a 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 10th 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 development.

Professionalism In Teaching

Professionalism is a fundamental aspect of the role of all teachers. Each and every one of us must uphold the highest standards and demonstrate the core values of acceptance, respect and kindness at all times.  

Part Two of the Teachers’ Standards outlines expectations, and you will be assessed against these expectations throughout your programme.  These professional expectations focus on how you communicate with other, present yourself in a professional capacity and how you adhere to school values and policy.   

The transition to a professional programme can be a challenge for some student teachers, but to support you, the following PowerPoint outlines expectations as well as giving you a range of case studies for you to consider. Please access the PowerPoint from the link below and make notes/reflections on the scenarios given to you. Further reading is also offered for those who wish to read more around the focus of professionalism.  Please download the PowerPoint and save this electronically before 8th June 2023 as access is time sensitive. 


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 65%. 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 65%, please do not worry as there will be a further opportunity in January 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 4th September 2023.

Student Teacher CV

As part of your induction, you are asked to complete and save an up to date CV. This will, once you have received training, be uploaded onto your electronic portfolio (Pebblepad). For now, please just complete the below template and save this electronically. Once you have enrolled onto the programme and received Pebblepad training, you will be able to share this with your school-based mentor.

Disability Support and Inclusion

Our Disability Support and Inclusion Team can work with you to make adaptations to your programme to support any specific learning needs you may have. You are entitled to use these services if you have a disability, long-term health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty for which you can provide evidence. 

This may include: 


-Depression and anxiety 

-Dyslexia, dyspraxia, and AD(H)D 

-Eating disorders 

-Epilepsy, diabetes and IBS 

You should make an appointment as soon as possible to discuss what support would be helpful to you, which will be used to create a document known as a Learning Support Plan (LSP). This document will be seen by your tutors, the School Admin Unit and you should share this plan with your placement school. Please note that any undergraduate LSP will not automatically translate to postgraduate study. Therefore, if you have an existing LSP, a new plan will be needed to ensure you are supported at university and in school. 

Once an LSP is in place adaptations can be made to academic deadlines as well as giving you access to resources that match you needs. Please note that adaptions cannot be made without an LSP being in place. 

If you intend to apply for an LSP, please start this process before you begin the programme. You can find more information and book an appointment by visiting the webpage below.