I start my PGDE (Primary) in August and I'm looking to get all my supplies sorted before then, as I had my partner's birthday and son's birthday in July and then two weeks to do back to school shopping for the kids. For uni I'm just following what I learned from my undergrad: the essential books from the reading list (especially the maths one as many people have said it's a god send); laptop; some pens and highlighters in a small pencil case; 2-3 notepads and a few ring binders with dividers and wallets. I previously used 1 folder and notepad per subject, but since I re-typed the notes I ended up with hardly any paperwork in the ring binders and lots of left over space in the notepads. I'll also be adding in a copy of the current Curriculum for Evidence just to have on hand. However, after reading various articles and discussions online I am starting to panic about my placements. I, rather stupidly, remained oblivious to the fact I'd actually need separate stuff for placements as my undergrad course never required anything like this. From my research it seems like I should invest in the following: - more ring binders, plastic wallets and dividers: preferably one per teaching subject; one for general class information (registers, pupil information etc) and one for any evidence for my course. - enough pens to hand out for the rest of my life and never run low, in various colours (blue, black, red and green); pencils for the pupils and tubs to keep each in. - whiteboard markers and highlighters - scissors, pritt stick, calculator, sharpener etc. - stapler and hole punch, along with various items such as paper clips and staples. - stickers and stamps for marking - arts and crafts material such as coloured card - bundles of loose plain/lined paper, post-it's, envelopes and flash cards - USB stick - thermos, iburofen, wet wipes and a box of tissues - class/lesson planner - a study bag to keep all of the above in, as well as an additional laptop bag/handbag. Does this seem like a decent essentials list to make sure I'll survive placement? Is there anything I may have missed out on that you found absolutely necessary?