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Anticipating Practice and Pre-Course Tasks to complete

Pre-course Tasks

There are a number of tasks described in the sections below that you are asked to complete prior to starting the course that form part of the taught course during the first few weeks of term.  Please complete everything that is asked of you in readiness for the first week of the taught course. Download the following checklist to help you with this:

‌ Primary PGCE Trainee Checklist

The Primary PGCE programme begins with two weeks of school experience (known as Anticipating Practice) prior to starting the taught provision on campus on Monday 20 September 2021.  During this fortnight, there are Anticipating Practice Tasks to be completed relating to your observations and time spent in school settings.  The weeks designated for this experience are week beginnning Monday 06 September and week beginning Monday 13 September 2021.

You will need to arrange one week in a primary school and another week in a secondary school (specifically in a Key stage 3 i.e. 11-14 age range setting).  Please see our Anticipating Practice FAQs‌ for further information.  If you are an @Exeter School Direct trainee, please liaise with your Lead School about arrangements for experience during anticipating practice before making any arrangements yourself.

When you have agreed arrangements, please complete the Anticipating Practice School Details form (Primary)‌ and return it to the Graduate School of Education Partnership Office ( as soon as possible, and not later than Friday 25 June 2021. A letter from the Partnership Office will then be sent to the Headteacher(s) concerned before you begin your school experience. This will include confirmation of a satisfactory DBS (if we have it by then) and a Anticipating Practice Feedback Form for each school to complete with you about your time with them (please make sure your schools complete this form and then pass it to you to submit to the Partnership Office by the deadline given on the form). Note: If you are an @Exeter School Direct trainee, your Lead School will inform the Partnership Office of your school experience arrangements so you don't need to submit these forms.

Note: if you are not able to secure any time in schools due to ongoing restrictions caused by the pandemic, please contact the Partnership Office on to discuss alternative arrangements.  It will be possible to complete the corresponding Anticipating Practice Tasks without being in a school setting if necessary, but you are encouraged to get some experience in schools during this fortnight if you possibly can.

Anticipating Practice Tasks

Below is a document containing tasks for you to complete during the Anticipating Practice two weeks in September (06-17 September).  

These tasks should be well presented as they will contribute to the evidence required for the award of your PGCE and will form the basis of group and individual discussions with your tutor during the first weeks of the taught course.  So please keep your completed tasks document safe as you will need to add it to your electronic portfolio of evidence during the first few weeks of the course 

Primary PGCE Anticipating Practice Tasks


Fundamental Skills Audits

All trainees need to demonstrate a certain level of English and mathematics by the end of the course before QTS can be awarded.  This is a DfE requirement.  To start this process, please download the following two audit documents and spend as much time as you can developing and improving your English and mathematics skills before the course starts.  

Fundamental Skills English Audit
Fundamental Skills Maths Audit

Again, please keep these completed documents safe as your tutor will discuss the outcomes of your audits with you in the first weeks of the taught course.  There will then be plenty of opportunities during the course for you to work on any areas you identify as needing improvement.


Trainee Information Form

Please download and complete the ‌Trainee Information Form and return it to the Partnership Office via before the start of the course.  This form will be shared with your placement schools in the autumn term to help them plan for your placement. (Note: School Direct trainees do not need to do this).

Please download Introduction to the Curriculum Subjects and Initial Needs Analyses

This is an introduction to all the curriculum subjects along with an initial needs analysis for each area for you to complete in order for you to identify what you do not know or have forgotten so that you can revise/brush up on and complete some self-study exercises.  It also includes some suggested reading.  Please make sure you complete all the audits before the start of the taught course.

Pathway Leaders also have their own additional tasks, reading lists and general information to impart relating to the individual pathways.  Please click on the relevant link below to access the pathway-specific pre-course information relating to your pathway.

Primary Art Pathway
Primary English Pathway
Primary Humanities Pathway
Primary Mathematics Pathway
Primary Modern Languages Pathway
Primary Science Pathway
Primary Teaching & Learning Pathway

(please note: if you are a Primary School Direct @exeter trainee, you will be timetabled to attend the Primary Teaching & Learning sessions and so should download the Teaching & Learning pathway information)