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:


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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.

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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.

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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.