Partner Organisations

The Pathfinder Teaching School Alliance works with a number of Partner Organisations to provide the best in Initial Teacher Training, School 2 School support and CPD with York, the four ridings of Yorkshire and further afield.  Our current partner organisations include:

  • All Saints RC School
  • All Saints School - Regional Computer Hub
  • Ambition Institute
  • Applefields School
  • City of York Council
  • The Danesgate Community
  • North Yorkshire Coast Opportunity Area
  • Polaris Teaching School Alliance
  • Scarborough Teaching School Alliance
  • Sheffield Hallam University
  • St Margaret Clitherow Catholic Academy Trust
  • University Of York
  • Whole School SEND Consortium
  • York St John University
  • Yorkshire Endeavour English Hub
  • Yorkshire Teacher Enrichment Partnership


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With our partners we work together to improve learning and achievement across the region to ensure outstanding outcomes for children in our care, all colleagues in schools and the education system that we are part of.

We are a Lead School for School Direct teacher training. We offer an initial teacher education opportunity of outstanding quality, training as part of an inspirational learning community on a journey to achieve a national reputation for excellence in teaching and learning. We are proud to support Early Career Teachers through the Early Career Framework with our valued partners.

We provide nationally accredited and bespoke leadership, training, support, research and development opportunities to school staff along their career pathway. We have nationally and regionally recognised experts who deliver high quality training to colleagues and deliver support to schools and individuals to help raise standards.

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All Saints RC School is proud to be designated as a Regional Computer Hub by the National Centre for Computing Education. Funded by the Department for Education, the NCCE provides a comprehensive range of support to help schools deliver a high quality, inspiring computing education for all young people. Specifically we can provide:

Fully-funded consultancy from a network of subject matter experts, to support primary and secondary schools to improve their computing offer with a focus on those schools who are currently not offering GCSE computing science, are new to delivering it and or at risk of dropping it.

The Computer Science Accelerator Programme: a professional development programme that gives teachers the subject knowledge and confidence to teach GCSE computer science.

A wide range of professional development courses across primary and secondary, helping teachers at all stages of their career to develop the knowledge and skills to deliver a high quality, inspiring computing education.

The Teach Computing Curriculum provides quality-assured free lesson plans, unit guides and teacher guides for the entire computing curriculum from Key Stage 1 to 4.

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At Ambition Institute we help schools tackling educational disadvantage to keep getting better, and help their teachers and school leaders to become more expert over time. That’s how we’ll make sure every child gets a great education and the best possible start in life.

We train teachers and leaders at all levels to get better at the things that make the biggest difference: what you teach and how you teach it.

We share what works. Everyone can benefit from evidence of how great teaching and leadership can improve schools and change lives, so we connect people to the latest research and the best practice out there in the system.

We champion every teacher and school leader’s potential to develop, as the driving force for sustainable school improvement.

Across our programmes there are 45 Alliance Partners, 225 cohorts and 4,218 participants.


Applefields School is a special school for secondary aged children with a wide range of special educational needs. We support children and young people aged 11-19 years with moderate, severe and profound learning difficulties including children with additional needs on the autistic spectrum. All pupils at Applefields have an EHCP.

Applefields is split over three different sites with our main purpose built site and two satellite provisions based at Manor and Millthorpe Secondary Schools. We have an additional P19 provision for young adults with profound needs, The Minster Provision which is based at Askham Bryan College. We work in partnership with a number of other schools and providers and have a formal working relationship with Hob Moor Oaks primary special school.

Staff at Applefields have regular access to specialist training to meet the broad and unique needs of our population and indeed have a number of staff who specialise in specific areas of SEN. We are able to provide support to other professionals within the city and are committed to working in collaboration with other organisations to help improve the offer for young people in York. 

Cyc master logo colour The City of York Council (CYC) Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) Appropriate Body (AB) service supports the induction of NQTs and delivery of the Statutory Induction Process.

CYC is the AB for York schools, for schools in their cross-border MATs, and for prominent trusts based in neighbouring LA areas. The number of NQTs each year averages 140.

We have worked for several years in partnership with Pathfinder in delivering the NQT welcome meetings, briefings re Statutory Induction for ITT trainees and supporting their NQT CPD provision.



The mission of the Danesgate Community is to provide children and young people who have social, emotional and mental health needs with a high quality education – a chance to succeed where others have failed.  Our school is for 5-16 year olds with social, emotional or mental health difficulties and many of our pupils have additional learning or neurodevelopmental needs (especially atypical autism or attention difficulties).

The Danesgate Community is a unique, partnership provision.  Our aim is to provide young people in York and surrounding areas with positive opportunities to succeed and improve their chances of contributing to their wider community in a constructive and sustainable manner.  

The Danesgate Community works in partnership with all the city’s primary, secondary and special schools to ensure the needs of individual students are met. Danesgate also takes referrals from LA partner agencies (Children’s Services, Children’s Social Care, SEN and CAMHS) as well as schools outside of York


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James Annetts - Coastal Teacher Recruitment Lead (Scarborough, Whitby and Filey)
North Yorkshire Coast Opportunity Area

James works in partnership and delivers the majority of teacher recruitment for primary and secondary schools across the North Yorkshire Coast. Scarborough, Whitby and Filey have around 35 primary  and 8 secondary schools with a large number of NQT’s appointed each year. Partnerships with ITT providers/SCITTS are key to this and James is working with Pathfinder Teaching Alliance to help our NQTs find their first teaching job.

The Coast is part of the DFE opportunity area which is focused on the social mobility challenge – with a real focus on making sure we attract, recruit and retain the very best teachers to our schools. For our secondary schools we have a recruitment/retention and relocation package if you need to move closer to the area to take up your post.

If you are interested in working on the Coast you can learn more about our work by visiting where all our teaching vacancies are posted. You can also contact James by email at or by calling him on 07966 261 249. We would love you to follow us on twitter @teachyorkscoast 


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Polaris Teaching School Alliance consists of a number of schools across Yorkshire, the Humber and North East working towards the common pursuit of educational excellence.

Polaris provide nationally accredited and bespoke leadership, training, support, research and development opportunities to school staff across the region. We have nationally and regionally recognised experts who deliver high quality training to colleagues and deliver support to schools and individuals. Our Teaching School harness the strength and talents of those colleagues to ensure outstanding outcomes for children in our care, all colleagues in schools and the education system that we are part of.

Our high-quality School Direct ITT training in collaboration with York St John University offers an initial teacher education opportunity of outstanding quality, training as part of an inspirational learning community on a journey to achieve a national reputation for excellence in teaching and learning.

St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Malton, is the lead school for Polaris TSA. Our vision is for children to feel safe, happy and valued as individuals, and to grow without limits. Our children achieve great things both academically and in the wider curriculum. Learning is exciting and fun so that every day is memorable! The creative and unique curriculum at St. Mary’s encourages children to ask questions, explore and use independence and resilience.

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A Teaching School Alliance whose primary aim is to improve the life chances of all children and young people across our alliance.  We do this through five broad objectives:

SCHOOL-LED INITIAL TEACHER TRAINING - providing school led initial teacher training to recruit and retain outstanding new entrants to the profession.

CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT - offering professional development opportunities for teachers and school support staff.

SUPPORTING OTHER SCHOOLS - providing integrated school improvement provision across all phases and sectors.

IDENTIFYING AND DEVELOPING LEADERSHIP POTENTIAL - recognising the skills and qualities of expertise in schools to create future capacity.

RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT - developing a culture of collaboration and reflective practice promoting the characteristics of effective learning.

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Sheffield Institute of Education (SIoE) at Sheffield Hallam recently received an 'Outstanding' rating for our primary teacher training. We also received 'Good' grades for our secondary and further education provision.

We pride ourselves on the applied nature of your learning and quality of our teaching. The recent Ofsted report praised the quality and level of knowledge of our trainees upon completion of their studies and the high regard they are held in by our partners in the region.

Whether you're just starting out or want to develop your career, we offer a wide range of courses and some really flexible ways to study. You can work towards a variety of qualifications at undergraduate and postgraduate level, for a first degree or a PGCE, for primary, secondary and post-16 (PcET) teaching.

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St Margaret Clitherow Catholic Academy Trust are a collection of 17 schools from across, all of which have been rated ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Good’ by Ofsted. The core values (Belief, Courage & Love) are dear to them and thus they underpin everything that they do.

St Margaret Clitherow Catholic Academy Trust is all about breaking boundaries to do better. They are a proud Trust. They are proud of their schools, their pupils, their teachers, and their teams. They believe in each other; they take risks together; and they live and breathe their values to make a difference, especially for their children.

They are keen to support and partner with individuals and organisations whose vision and values align with their own in order to have greater impact in areas of shared interest. As the Trust matures, they will be proactive in seeking strategic partnerships and are open to discussions with anyone that wishes to explore such a union.


The Whole School SEND Consortium brings together schools, organisations and individuals who are committed to ensuring that every child and young person with SEND can achieve their potential at school

  • A range review guides to evaluate and inform practice
  • Bank of resources (What Works) including links to CPD
  • Condition specific videos 
  • Leaflets for families to use with schools
  • CPD webinars and access to previous  Recordings
  • Advice and guidance from SEND specialists.

Join the Whole School SEND Member Community for free…

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For over fifty years, the Department of Education at the University of York (University of York Department of Education) has annually welcomed a diverse range of 100-150 graduate trainees onto our Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) course (University of York PGCE Course Overview), many of whom train with us through the Pathfinder TSA School Direct programme (University of York Pathfinder TSA PGCE).

ITE is an essential part of the Department’s core work with our local schools. Working in ITE partnership with a number of City of York and North Yorkshire schools, we have developed a strong PGCE course in which school teachers and university tutors share the responsibility for teacher training. Our PGCE programmes offer training in postgraduate secondary teaching across the 11-16 years age range. Training is provided in whole school issues and relevant specialist curriculum areas (English, Geography, History, Maths, MFL - Spanish, German and French, and Science - Biology, Physics and Chemistry).

We are currently working with our York School Partners and with the City of York Council on integrating the mandatory Core Content Framework into our programme so that it flows naturally into the Early Career Framework for NQTs/RQTs who stay in the York region to teach. This development will work alongside the support we already offer our NQTs and the postgraduate MA in Educational Practice for early career teachers.

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York St John University’s heritage is anchored in teacher training and education. Established in 1841, York St John developed into a teacher training college and later a university; it has a successful history of educating and training outstanding student teachers. YSJ has a strong record of contributing to our local and national teaching community.  Furthermore we strive for our graduates to become transformative professionals as they enter the teaching profession and many of our graduates are now mentoring current student teachers within our partnership schools and many are in leadership positions.

Within the School of Education, Language and Psychology we have over 500 students on our Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programmes. We offer ITE programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, leading to both an academic qualification and Qualified Teacher Status, as follows:

Primary Education

  • BA (Hons) Primary Education – a full time 3 year programme and offered with a focus on lower primary (3-7 years) or upper primary (5-11 years)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Primary - a University Centred full time one year or part-time two-year programme.
  • PGCE Primary School Direct – a full time one-year programme offered with a range of school partners

Secondary Education

  • We offer a full time one year PGCE Secondary School Direct programme for the 11-16 age range in 12 curriculum areas (English, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, MFL, History, Geography, Music, Drama, PE and RE). We also offer Post-16 enhancement to support our student teachers develop their knowledge, understanding and skills for teaching Post 16.

Partnership is at the heart of our ITE programmes.  The combination of experienced university, school based and other external colleagues working in partnership, makes a powerful and inspiring teaching team across a range of learning settings, providing quality experiences for our student teachers.

YSJ is committed to working in partnership with our local Teaching Schools and associated school partners, York City Council and other external colleagues to support the further development of educational opportunities for our pupils and colleagues.

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Yorkshire Endeavour English Hub is one of only 34 schools across England appointed by the DfE to take a leading role in supporting schools to improve their teaching of phonics, early reading and language development. We support to schools in North Yorkshire including; Scarborough, Whitby, Ryedale, the East Riding, York and Hambleton.

We offer: 

  • An in depth audit of your current phonics provision by a member of our English Hub Team
  • Up to £6000,fully funded, or £3000,matched funded, for resources (including decodable books) and accredited SSP training, if your school is eligible under a certain criteria.
  • Events including regional conferences and workshops, focusing on the 3 aims of the English hub, incorporating specific elements of the ‘Challenge Checklist’. (Open to any school as COVID-19 Recovery)
  • Provide bespoke action planning or leadership coaching days 
  • Showcase events in several locations across our region to demonstrate effective SSP and early reading teaching a selection of schools excelling in this field.
  • 6 days of intensive support from one of our Literacy Specialists (we are recruiting 20 more intensive support schools for 2021-2022)
  • See for more detail.

Eligibility criteria:
The English Hub is targeting support to schools who meet two or more of the following:

  • lower than average percentage of pupils meeting the expected standard in the PSC;
  • a higher than average proportion of children eligible for pupil premium (above 22.9%);
  • Ofsted judgement of Requires Improvement or Inadequate;
  • Opportunity Area Schools
  • low attainment in the bottom 20% of children in reading across the school;
  • a high proportion of groups considered hard to reach 
  • schools referred by local partners (e.g. NLEs, LAs, Opportunity Area teams

This year, schools may be eligible for support as part of our COVID-19 RECOVERY support, even if they do not meet the above criteria. We are also currently providing free events and video support on our website for any school to access during this time
For more information contact English Hub Lead: Hannah Spencer 
Or register your interest at



The Yorkshire Teacher Enrichment Partnership (YTEP) is a collaboration between York St John University, the University of York, our key school partners and the City of York Council.

YTEP includes our wider school partners, many of which are outside of the York area, and there is also a York-focussed group.

We have a common purpose in our responsibility to provide education and training that is current and relevant for our student teachers to enable them to become high quality teachers in our local and national schools. We also have a common purpose of support for our region’s mentors/ITE school staff.

We are committed to working together to provide enrichment opportunities to sustain student and early career teachers as they embark on their careers working with children and young people in our schools. We have recently collaborated to provide additional layers of support for NQTs as part of the ‘city-wide offer’ (created especially for the most recent graduate cohort whose training was interrupted in 2020). We have already commenced work on a city wide NQT conference (originally scheduled for Summer 2020 until a certain pandemic appeared!). We work together to find the best collaborative ways in which early career teachers and student teachers can be supported across institutions and stakeholders.

Any regional school hosting ITE student teachers from either the University of York or York St John University, or involved in early career support, is welcome to join YTEP.