“Teaching schools are outstanding schools that work with others to provide high-quality training and development to new and experienced school staff. They are part of the government’s plan to give schools a central role in raising standards by developing a self-improving and sustainable school-led system”

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The Pathfinder Teaching School Alliance was designated in April 2014, since then the Alliance has grown to be one of the biggest in the region and has helped support schools in York, The East Riding, North Yorkshire and Hull. Our overarching ethos as a teaching school is to improve the educational provision for pupils and staff, supporting in anyway we can.

As a teaching school we continue to measure our performance against the “big three” areas outlined by the DfE. These are:

  1. Initial Teacher Training
    • Pathfinder works with three universities to provide it schools direct programme and we offer training to for both primary and secondary phases in a range of subjects. Since our designation we have successfully trained more than 250 teachers.
  2. Continuing Professional Development
    • Pathfinder in partnership with the City of York Council offers a comprehensive professional development programme for both primary and secondary colleagues. We also run a two-day headteacher residential conference and can put together bespoke training on request. Please visit the professional development section of our website for more details.
  3. School to School Support
    • Pathfinder has supported more than 40 schools across and number of deployments including headteacher and senior leader secondments as well as SLE deployments and specialist teaching and learning and systems and structure diagnostics.

We do not have a formal membership structure and are actively seeking to widen our school partnerships and networks. If you would like to visit the teaching school or would like to know more about the work that we do then please email Linsee Thompson who will arrange an appointment

Jake Capper

Head of Teaching School

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  • April 6, 2020 We are still open for applicants who wish to train to become teachers from September 2020, please see recent DfE guidance for potential applicants Read more we look forward to hearing from you
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  • March 20, 2020 Laws of attraction. Flashback to happy times with primary trainees at York STEM centre before their school placements had to be suspended due to the coronavirus. Read more
  • March 20, 2020 Please read this letter regarding the opening of school from next week onwards. A copy of this can also be found on the school website. Read more
  • March 20, 2020 Even when the world stops, teachers must keep going Read more
  • March 20, 2020 The government takes 31 hours from announcement to publish a list of key workers (at midnight) and gives exhausted school leaders 7 working hours to reconfigure schools for Monday on hugely bigger scale that we were led to believe. Read more
  • March 19, 2020 If you haven’t already, please take the time to complete the Key Worker Parent Survey. Read more
  • March 18, 2020 We are sure that you will have heard that schools are closing on Friday. We are busy making arrangements and will communicate these via text and email tomorrow. This will include arrangements for our vulnerable families and key worker families.
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