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Welcome from the Programme Director

Welcome to the Primary PGCE Programme. We are delighted that you will be joining us in the 2022-2023 academic year, and we very much look forward to seeing you in September. Please navigate around the site carefully to access key information.

Scarlett Murphy

PGCE Programme Director

PGCE Primary information evening

We would be delighted if you could join us online on Wednesday 6 July, 16:30-18:00 for our welcome information evening.

Join the meeting

Programme contacts

Scarlett Murphy, Programme Director

Rhiannon Jarvie, Assistant Director

Liz Henley, Placement Coordinator

Tracey Mallins, PGCE Administrator

Lynn Gale, PGCE Administrator

Admissions

teachertraining@reading.ac.uk 

Placements

The survey is now live

Please complete as soon as possible, as fully as possible, to help Liz Henley (Placements Coordinator) to make appropriate arrangements.

If you have contacts with a school, then please let us know - Liz will follow up the information you give us and will make the final arrangements.

If there are technical issues with the survey, then please try a different browser of a different computer.

If this doesn't work then please contact Liz:

ioeschoolplacements@reading.ac.uk

Your conditional offer

In order for your conditional offer to become unconditional you must address all the aspects of your offer including:

  • Proof of qualifications
  • Fitness to Teach
  • DBS

This must be done by enrolment. Please note that we will not be able to enrol you unless all conditions have been met. 

Please look out for the emails with instructions for how to obtain your Fitness to Teach and your Enhanced DBS clearance. You will also receive an email inviting you to come to the campus for one of our Offer Holder Document check days and you will need to bring the three ID documents for your DBS check to this session. 

You will need to show the original of your qualification certificates at enrolment in September.

Meeting these conditions takes time (in our experience, they often take far longer than expected). Please DO NOT leave it until the summer.  You risk running out of time and not being able to enrol. 

 

Preparation for your ITT year 

Pre-programme tasks

The Teacher Standards: Please download the Standards and guidance.

Please read and begin to become familiar with the terminology.

These standards apply to all teachers regardless of their career stage and define the minimum level of practice expected of teachers from the point of being awarded QTS onwards.

The Teachers' Standards on one page is a particularly useful document - please make sure you keep it handy.

Frameworks

You should access, bookmark and begin to become familiar with these frameworks.

  • Core Content Framework 
    The initial teacher training (ITT) core content framework defines in detail the minimum entitlement of all trainee teachers. Drawing on the best available evidence, it sets out the content that ITT providers and their partnerships must draw upon when designing and delivering their ITT programmes.

    The ITT core content framework aligns with the Early Career Framework to establish an entitlement to a 3 or more year structured package of support for all new teachers at the start of their careers.
  • Early Year Framework

Subject Specific Tasks:

Subject and pathway specific tasks are available:

Please complete the tasks as outlined and bring them to your first week with us in September. 

Subject knowledge 

All trainee teachers need to demonstrate certain standards of subject knowledge. This requirement was introduced because there is overwhelming research evidence to show that secure subject knowledge is essential for teachers to support children’s learning. Teachers feel more confident about effectively questioning children when their own subject knowledge is good.

The Teachers’ Standards require you to have sufficient subject knowledge to challenge the most able children. Although you may not train to teach the full age range, you will be qualified to teach in any Primary school and so we aim to provide you with the confidence to teach the curriculum to Year 6 children– even for EYFS trainees. You will be fully supported, through taught sessions and individual help as required, to go beyond this level. Core subject audits will give you an indication of your strengths and areas for further work.

You should revise any areas that have become a bit “rusty” and identify any areas where you will need to spend time in private study before the programme begins. . You will be better equipped to focus on teaching skills if you ensure that you arrive having already addressed any problems with subject knowledge to the best of your ability.

There are some very useful books to revise subject knowledge.

Provisional timetable

Please note that this timetable may be subject to updates.

Provisional timetable