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PGCE Primary Physical Education Specialist with QTS course preparation

Your programme is designed to develop high quality, reflective teachers who are self-aware and committed to life-long development. There are a number of things we would like you to do before you arrive. Some points to note:

  • You should complete all tasks set out on this page. All the tasks outlined below are compulsory and will help you to prepare for the programme. They are not submitted or marked but will be referred to in taught sessions during the first few weeks of the programme and are designed to build your confidence and put you in the strongest position to begin your PGCE year.
  • Please engage with any reading highlighted in the curriculum tasks – you don’t need to purchase the books unless it indicates that you need to, as there may be opportunities to purchase books when you arrive or borrow them from the library. All compulsory pre-course reading is freely available on the internet. You do not need to purchase the identified ‘key texts’ unless you would like to – these are available for you in the library.

Your Launchpad sessions

The Faculty of Education have organised a number of virtual Launchpad sessions. Although not all of these sessions will be relevant to your specific degree, you may find a number of these sessions useful.


Your virtual Getting Started sessions and joining links

Preparing for your PGCE programme. In the months leading up to the start of your PGCE, you’ll be invited to four online ‘Getting Started’ events. The links for the sessions will be provided by the Think Edge Hill Team.

These sessions will ensure you have all the information you need to start your PGCE programme, including information about the programme, your tutors, an overview of the year, placement and academic writing.

Use the drop down boxes below for more information and for the joining links and recordings.

Wednesday 25 May 2022, 4pm – Session one: First steps

Wednesday 22 June 2022, 4pm – Session two: Meet the team and current students

Tuesday 12 July 2022, 4pm – Session three: Professional practice and partnerships

Tuesday 16 August 2022, 4pm – Session four: Final preparation – preparing for teaching (Core Content Framework); preparing for academic study


Your induction day information

During Induction day, we’ll focus on your training, on the PGCE programme, and on your development as a primary trainee teacher. You’ll meet members of the wider departmental and faculty team. You’ll also learn about your timetable for the year, and about the opportunities which will be available to you throughout the programme.

Your induction timetable will be available shortly.

  • Holy Cross Induction Day: Thursday 1 September, 4pm start.
  • Ormskirk Induction Day: Friday 2 September, 9am start.
Your induction day will be held in person. This session will not be streamed online.

Important: Placement guidance

Edge Hill is an English Teacher Training institution which trains teachers for the English system. In order to widen our students’ experience, and to enhance their employability, we’re sometimes able to provide Professional Practice placements outside England, in Wales, the Isle of Man, and Northern Ireland. It should be noted that such distance placements are not guaranteed, and the government requirement is that all students complete the majority of their training in England. While we are delighted to welcome students from all over the world onto this programme, it should be noted that we are training primarily for the English school system. Where distance placements are possible, they’re normally offered for the first placement, beginning in November.

Trainees are not expected to arrange their own placements; however, if there is a school where you’re already known, and which you think might agree, in principle, to offer you a placement, then you could forward a Placement Allocation Form (PAF), which will be sent out later this summer from the Think Edge Hill Team. Schools are guided to return these forms to our Partnership team. Where PAF placements are sought, we strongly encourage trainees to prioritise KS1 (ages 5-7) placements as these are in greater demand. All students will require one KS1 and one KS2 placement. Both placements must be in different schools.

If you intend to submit a PAF form to a school in Northern Ireland, please be sure to clarify the age range of the class you have sourced, as terminology to describe age phase differs between Northern Ireland and England, for example KS1 equates to Primary 2 and Primary 3 (P2 and P3) in Northern Ireland.


Important information for this PE specialist programme

Primary Physical Education is a well-funded and well supported subject in English schools. PE is a compulsory subject in KS1 and 2, schools are required to teach 2 hours of PE a week in Primary Schools and provide opportunity for wider health, physical activity and wellbeing activities. Often, it is the PE specialist who is responsible for much of these essential physical development programmes.

You are required to complete some pre-course tasks, which are not assessed but will be reviewed in your first PE speciality session. You are also required to attend 4 additional days for specialist training and national governing body awards, dates to be confirmed.

Your pre-course tasks


Task – Writing an opening statement

Using no more than one page of A4, note:

  • What you are excited about
  • What you feel are your strengths
  • What you think you need to learn more about
  • What kind of primary teacher you would like to be.

You’ll be able to keep this statement, and include it in a professional portfolio which we’ll introduce during induction.


Interview targets

You may have received targets as part of your feedback from your interview with us.

Your targets might have included subject knowledge targets, improving grammar and punctuation in your writing, or improving your spoken English. We’d encourage all students to gain recent experience of Primary School, so you’re confident that this is the right career choice for you.

We’d like you to complete a small portfolio of evidence demonstrating what you’ve done to address these targets.

You need to be ready to discuss your targets with your Personal Tutor when you meet them during the first few weeks of your programme.


National curriculum activities and reading – English

Your English tasks

National curriculum English orders

Academic text


National curriculum activities and reading – Mathematics

Your mathematics tasks

Key text


National curriculum activities and reading – Science

Your science tasks

Key texts


National curriculum activities and reading – Foundation subjects

Your tasks


Level 7 study

Your training will be guided by the Core Content Framework for Initial Teacher Education. Take some time to look at the ITT Core Content Framework document so that you’re aware of the key areas of learning on the PGCE Primary Programme. We’ll look at a range of issues affecting Primary teachers and consider how we might manage these.

Your level 7 study task


Becoming a professional

One of the key priorities of schools is to keep children safe in education, as set out in this Department for Education document. Read part one beginning on page 5, and make sure you’re informed about your safeguarding responsibilities, as a primary teacher. We’ll discuss these during the programme in greater detail.

Teachers are required to uphold professional standards in their working life and beyond. Search for primary school ‘Codes of conduct’ and read about the professional expectations of teachers. We’ll discuss your findings in university sessions.


Useful websites

Over the summer you can also prepare for your programme by keeping up-to-date with the latest developments in the Education Sector. We have listed some useful websites, but you should also try and find additional sites of your own:


Meet your programme lead:


Additional ways to prepare

Join our virtual session: Preparing to start with Edge Hill, Wednesday 10 August, 4pm – 5pm.

This session examines how to make a successful transition to University study, from planning your results day, accommodation and commuting tips, extra support available to you as a prospective student before you start in September and what to expect as well as what to get involved in during your first week.

Use this link to join the session

University can be one of the most exciting and amazing experiences, and can offer the chance to learn, meet new people, gain independence and find out more about who you are.

We want to make sure you get the most out of your university experience! The following information provides an insight into what to expect when coming to university along with some good advice on how to navigate some of the potential challenges you may face.

Starting preparing yourself