What Our Students Say

Students from the Secondary PGCE (School Direct) and Secondary PGCE RE (University centred) share their thoughts on studying at York St John. Our partner schools explain more about their work with us. 

Secondary PGCE (School Direct)

"The subject tutors have a wealth of experience and knowledge helping to support you throughout the PGCE year. The mixture of academic support, personal wellbeing services and effective school partnerships make York St John's PGCE course a superb platform to begin a career in teaching." Will Lawn, Secondary PE, 2020

"Using online systems has helped to minimise the paperwork we need to keep track of in order to prove we are meeting the teaching standards which is ideal when moving between placements. Allowing us to upload our weekly mentor meetings flexibly means we fit the meetings in with our mentors when best suits our timetables." Joe Featonby, Secondary Drama, 2020

"No problem was too small to contact the partnership about. Any questions or worries I had were communicated effectively between the university and the alliance, the partnership continually helped me along the way. Their communication and support kept me going!" Megan Hardcastle, Secondary English, 2020

"Throughout my PGCE, I have been able to access a variety of resources in order to develop my written academic work. I have been able to maintain contact with my supervisors through the arrangement of meetings or phone calls throughout my placements. Additionally, I have accessed the provision provided by the University including referencing support from the course academic liaison librarian and study development tutorials." Hannah Fowler, Secondary Geography, 2020

"The course is run and delivered by a passionate team who are highly regarded in their fields. I particularly liked the fact that if there were any concerns, they were addressed and dealt with quickly and professionally." Robert Gerrard, Secondary Chemistry PGCE, 2020

Secondary PGCE RE (University centred)

"The well-being support available on the Secondary PGCE goes above and beyond. The students really are the focus for the staff who run the programme, and as such ensuring that their students are happy and well is one of their top priorities. This extends from general check-ins and catch-up emails, to one-to-one support when needed - for both personal and professional reasons." Chloe Gray, 2020.

"The assignment support from the tutors on the course has been fantastic! I have been able to book tutorials with my tutor, at times that are suitable for myself. These have been done face-to-face and even over video chat. Nothing seems too much trouble, and my tutor has done all they can to help me achieve the best grade possible. All the support you need is there throughout the entirety of the course - you just have to ask." Lucy Egan, 2020

School partners

"Our students get the best of both worlds... excellent in school support from teachers and leaders, combined with great University support from staff who are trained and experienced as teachers/school leaders themselves. Our students are trained to be reflective practitioners, able to apply relevant theoretical learning to practical classroom practice in order to have maximum impact on all learners." - Chris Aitkin, Director of Campus Stockton Teaching Alliance

"We decided to work with YSJ because they were the only HEI who offered a partnership in the true sense of the word - valuing professional expertise and judgement in schools, alongside the academic expertise and support available in the university. YSJ also uphold the same moral principals of ITE as we do at Macmillan and are committed to training and supporting all ITTs to become the best teachers that they can possibly be for the good of the students that they will be educating." - Amy Tumelty, Director of Teaching School in Macmillan Academy

"The York St John School Direct PGCE programme develops our EborHope student teachers into competent and confident professionals who learn that intellectual endeavour, criticality and personal reflection are key to developing outstanding teaching practice. The valuable and integrated academic modules on the PGCE course which are delivered in partnership between York St John and Alliances enables our training teachers to become epistemic agents who actively search for theories and research that can underpin and inform their teaching practice while on placement. This in turn prepares our EborHope teachers to become responsible professionals who are intellectually curious and recognise the social responsibilities of education as they prepare for their NQT year and beyond." - Dr Brian Rock, Secondary ITT Lead at EborHope Teaching Alliance

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