Congratulations on being offered a place on the York St John Partnership Secondary PGCE 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 (deadline 9th July 2022)
  • GCSE confirmation or equivalency tests – (to be accepted by the admissions team by 26th August 2022)
  • Medical documentation (deadline 9th July 2022)
  • Degree confirmation  (to be accepted by the admissions team by 26th August 2022)

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

Thursday 16th June

Thursday 30th June

Thursday 14th July.

These sessions are 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. Your alliances will run their own programme usually on a Wednesday morning before the University session in the afternoon. University sessions will begin at 1pm and finish at 5pm.

Information from Induction Day 11.6.22

Pre-Course Tasks:

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. Do not resit the same test, you will be sent an alternative test in September. 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.

Formative critical writing task

We would like you to complete a formative writing task so that we can provide you with clear feedback about the areas in which you need to develop or improve.   

Ensure it is uploaded via Moodle by the deadline Friday 9th September

(You can only upload this task between Monday 5th-Friday 9th September, 2022)

Title: How useful is assessment in schools? 

Wordcount: 1000 words 

Font size: 12 

Font: standard (e.g. Arial), double spaced

Follow Harvard Referencing guidance (  

Click on the additional guidance here

Curriculum Vitae task

We would like you to share an up-to-date CV with us.  This will be uploaded onto PebblePad in due course so that school mentors, link tutors, subject tutors and academic tutors can all access it.  

Please access the following template suggestion.  If you use your own format, please ensure you have covered the same information as that included in this document.   

This task needs to be completed by 5th September where you will be asked to upload it onto Moodle

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 secondary school specialist in your subject. The audits are a formative tool and enable you to reflect and identify areas of personal need. The audits cover key aspects of your subject curriculum content and to ensure you are prepared to teach these, revision in weaker areas will be needed through out the course.

Please access the audits via the links contained below. Once completed, please save your audit and have this ready to e mail to your subject tutor in early September (details will be shared in September). Please note that these audits will be repeated in December, February and June to demonstrate progress. You should be prepared to show your subject knowledge audit scores with your mentors in September as areas of development will inform your early targets. Completed subject knowledge trackers will also be uploaded electronically onto your portfolio so that subject tutors, mentors and Alliances leads can have access, this will be done at a later date.

Overview of PGCE Programme 2022-23

Subject Handbooks – 2022-23