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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 2023-2024 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

Programme contacts

Scarlett Murphy, Programme Director

Rhiannon Jarvie, Pastoral Lead

Liz Henley, Placement Coordinator

Jessica Tyers, PGCE Administrator



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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.

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If this doesn't work then please contact Liz:

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 obtaining your Fitness to Teach and your Enhanced DBS clearance. You should have provided the ID documents for your DBS check when you came for your interview but the admissions team will contact you if anything further is needed. Please respond to any emails from the team requesting information as quickly as possible.

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 ITE year 

  • Please explore the resources in the Times Educational Supplement.
    Create a username and password and explore the articles.
  • Read as many children's books as you can, of all levels. You might want to revisit some of your favourites!

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.


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

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

    The ITE 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. 

Primary PGCE Information Evening

The PGCE Information Evening was held online on Wednesday 12 July, 16:30-18:00. We hope you enjoyed finding out more about the course and meeting your lecturers.
You can watch the recording of the presentation below and read through the powerpoint presentation slides

Subject knowledge 

All student 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.

Welcome and Induction

Online enrolment is the first step you need to take towards becoming a fully enrolled Reading Partnership Teacher. Please look out for the email with instructions for online enrolment which you should receive during the week commencing 22 August or when you have met all the conditions of your offer. You must complete online enrolment before coming to campus to collect your campus card.
During your first week, you will learn more about the programme and the university.

Please see your  PGCE Primary Week 1 Timetable for you to download. 

In Person Enrolment

Your first day on campus will start at 9:30am on Monday 4th September, in the Edith Morley building on the Whiteknights Campus. See PGCE Primary Week 1 Timetable for room number. During the day you will need to arrive and report to the Carrington Building Helpdesk (no.135 on map) at the times instructed below for your pathway.  

12:30pm, General Pathway

1:00pm,  SEN, 3-7 and Maths pathway

During lunchtime you will also have the opportunity to attend the University Life fair at the Reading Student Union.

Provisional timetable for the academic year

PGCE Primary 23-24 provisional timetable

Equipment for your training

We try to keep printing for our university-based sessions to a minimum. This means that it is often useful if you can access materials electronically, either live from our VLE (Blackboard) or by downloading materials in advance and accessing them on a laptop or tablet during the session. These documents are very difficult to access effectively through a phone screen, so it is likely that you will want to be able to bring a laptop or tablet to sessions. Although many schools do try to support student teachers by providing laptops, they are not funded for this and are not always able to do so.