Initial Teacher Training


Apply now for training places for 2018-19 in the following subject areas:

Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Drama, English (salaried now full), Geography (now full), History (now full), Mathematics (salaried now full), Modern Foreign Languages, Music, PE (now full) and PE with EBacc.

Beth Hartwell, Director of Initial Teacher Training (ITT), leads our School Direct Secondary Programme.


shutterstock_116061451Training programme

  • The School Direct secondary programme works in partnership with York St John University and together we offer a PGCE qualification leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Subject knowledge experts from the Alliance and the University write our training programme collaboratively, incorporating current thinking in education.
  • Structured in three phases - Introductory, Developmental and Consolidation - your training programme will include subject study modules covering the subject knowledge and pedagogy required for successful classroom practice, whilst professional modules will develop your theories of learning, pupil development and the wider role of the teacher

As an Ebor teacher you will experience a range of training styles both within the school-centred element of training and in dedicated academic sessions, which will include:

  • whole cohort lectures
  • teaching group workshops
  • seminars and tutorials
  • individual research

School placements

Student teachers are allocated to a base school for the majority of their training and receive an authentic experience of working as a member of their school’s departmental team. This immersion into the life of the school with a gradual increase in practical teaching is a distinctive part of the School Direct approach, enabling student teachers to progress effectively providing an excellent preparation for the Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) year.

Additional Placements

Student teachers also spend time in additional schools within the alliance when undertaking their second school and diversity placements. An enrichment week provides an opportunity to explore areas of particular interest

Our schools

We have previously placed trainees at: All Saints RC School (York), Barlby High School, Beverley Grammar, Boston Spa School, Brigshaw High School & Language College (Castleford), Caedmon College Whitby, Driffield School & Sixth Form, Ebor Academy Filey, Graham School (Scarborough), Huntington School (York), King James's School (Knaresborough), Lady Lumley's School (Pickering), Manor CE Academy (York), Millthorpe School (York), Norton College (Malton), Scalby School (Scarborough), South Hunsley School & Sixth Form College (North Ferriby), St Augustine's Catholic School (Scarborough), Vale of York Academy, Woldgate School & Sixth Form College (Pocklington) and York High School.

Although it is not a requirement, it is important that you can access all schools either by car, car share or are willing to travel by public transport. 

 Academic and mentor support

Support is seen as an integral part of developing and nurturing trainees to be an outstanding teacher. Your own subject and professional mentors and university link tutors will support you in school with weekly and fortnightly meetings. Student teachers will also be allocated a university academic tutor. Our Director of Initial Teacher Training (ITT), together with the Head of Programme from YSJU oversee the operational elements of the programme ensuring high quality of provision for student teachers in Alliance schools.

Read about our School Direct partnership with York St John University here >>

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