School Direct (Yorkshire Teaching School Alliance)

Yorkshire Teaching School Alliance is based at St Aidan's CE High School, an outstanding school which is situated in Harrogate. The alliance is made up of a host of secondary schools. We are committed to outstanding teacher training and our experienced mentors and staff will ensure that you receive excellent provision.

Visits and enquiries to the teaching alliance would be most welcome.

The University of York Department of Education is working with Yorkshire Teaching School Alliance to provide School Direct training in the following subjects:


Applicants for School Direct apply via UCAS Teacher Training. Under UCAS Apply 1, you select three courses to apply for concurrently. These can be a mixture of all routes in to teaching.

The Course

Trainee teachers selected for the Yorkshire Teaching School Alliance School Direct route, will be placed in two secondary schools within Yorkshire Teaching School Alliance. They will engage in a range of School Direct learning events hosted by Yorkshire TSA lead school St Aidan's CE High School. On successful completion of the course, School Direct trainees will be awarded a University of York PGCE at Masters Level, and recommended for QTS.

School Direct trainees work University of York PGCE trainees at the University of York for Curriculum Area sessions. Whole School Issues sessions are delivered at St. Aidan's CE High School.


School Direct trainees and University of York trainees all complete three Masters level assignments (60 credits), that focus on their developing practice, academic engagement with educational research and their training in both schools and university.

School Direct trainees must meet all of the Teachers' Standards, engage in all University and school training sessions, complete three school placements, the Professional Enrichment project and the 3 Masters level assignments.

A wealth of extra curricular and professional training opportunities will be offered to School Direct trainees by the Yorkshire Teaching School Alliance.