School of Education

  • PGCE Education - Primary

    Induction Week (Week 0) Diary

    Here is a list of the main events involving PGCE Education - Primary students in Induction Week (17-21 September). Events in bold are COMPULSORY.

    Once you've had a look at your timetable for the week, click on our Welcome page, which contains lots of other useful information.

    Everything you need to know about Harcourt Hill Campus is here.




    Monday 17 September

    Introductory Lecture 09:30 to 10:30 B1.01 (Main Lecture Theatre), Harcourt Hill Campus
    Welcome Refreshments 10:30 to 11:00 Harcourt Kitchen, Harcourt Hill Campus
    'Welcome to the PGCE' session 11:00 to 12:30 Room to be advised, Harcourt Hill Campus
    Lunch 12:30 to 13:30 Hot and cold food and drinks are for sale in the Harcourt Kitchen, or you can bring your own
    Teaching Sessions commence 13:30 to 15:00 Room to be advised, Harcourt Hill Campus
    Afternoon Break 15:00 to 15:30  
    Teaching Session 15:30 to 17:00 In groups. Room to be advised, Harcourt Hill Campus

    Tuesday 18 September

    Teaching sessions continue. You will already have received the full Week 0 timetable via email prior to the start of the course.
    The timetable for the remainder of the Autumn term will be available from Monday 17 September.

    Key Contacts

    Here is a list of Key Contacts for your course.


    Contact Details

    Head of School Professor Mary Wild
    Programme Lead Mrs Mary Briggs
    Course Leaders Dr Mary Hutchings and Mrs Mary Briggs
    Student Support Coordinator Mr Robert Drake
    Academic Liaison Librarian Ms Hazel Rothera
    Programme Administrator Mrs Krisztina Negyokru +44 (0)1865 488618

    Pre-Programme Reading

    Some Pre-Arrival Reading

    Essential reading for all trainees:

    Hansen, A. (2018). Primary Professional Studies. 4th edn. London: Learning Matters Paperback ISBN: 9781473916081
    Current students have found it helpful to highlight and make notes in the book.
    All other editions are also acceptable, in case students have already purchased the book.
    Please buy a copy before you begin the course and read Chapter 1 in preparation for discussion during the first week of campus-based sessions. Any reading you can get ahead with from this text will be beneficial to you.

    Essential reading for trainees on the 3-7 years pathway:

    Fisher, J. (2016). Interacting or Interfering? Improving Interactions in the Early Years. Maidenhead: Open University Press
    Ofsted, (2015). Teaching and Play in the Early Years - A Balancing Act? (A downloadable PDF)

    Academic Advisors

    This is a list of all the Academic Advisors for PGCE Education - Primary. You will be notified of who your Academic Advisor is, and when to meet them, at the start of the course.




    Mrs Mary Briggs B1.28 48 8597
    Mrs Jennifer Gadd EG.11 48 8347
    Ms Clare Fenwick B1.40 48 8779
    Ms Jane Fletcher AG.16 48 8603
    Mrs Gillian Hayden B1.18 48 8551
    Ms Carolyn Murphy MG.09 48 8336
    Mr Richard Newton F1.03 48 8499
    Mrs Jane Scholey BG.34 48 8321
    Mr Mathew Tobin BG.32 48 8508
    Mrs Amanda Wilkinson F1.09 48 8537
    Ms Debbie Wright BG.31 48 8494


    Make sure you have undertaken the preparatory reading (above) and completed the various exercises that were sent to you during the summer.