Welcome to the PGCE Primary School-centred page. At York St John University we currently work with five partner alliances and have collectively created a programme of initial teacher education that draws upon the expertise of experienced university and school-based professionals.

Your PGCE primary School-centred programme offers a school-based approach to teacher training and this means that you will be in school for the majority of your PGCE. You will work alongside experienced practitioners and be supported by trained school-based mentors and university tutors. Collectively, we will ensure that your training prepares you for your teaching career and develops the professional skills needed to be an excellent teacher.

David Scott – PGCE Primary School Direct Programme Lead

Email: d.scott2@yorksj.ac.uk

Student Comments

What our students say about our PGCE Primary School Direct Programme

“I would recommend York St John to other applicants because of their unique assessment methods. Unlike most other training providers, York St John have rolled out a brand-new online portal where all school placement progress and achievements are recorded and tracked, meaning all your reports, lesson appraisals and weekly meetings are in one central location. This is a much more efficient and practical way of keeping up to date with where you are. Careful consideration is also made to workload, where university assignment deadlines fall after the school holidays. This has really helped me manage my workload between university and school placements, allowing me to optimise my learning in both settings.” – Lucy Anderson, 2020 (St George’s)

“I feel I have grown in confidence as the course has progressed, and the course design has supported this as the teaching percentages gradually increased. I have also really enjoyed the academic side of the course and have felt this complemented my teaching. Completing a reflective essay helped my own practice and made learning theories extremely relevant.” – Jessica Rose, 2020 (Campus Stockton)