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School Direct - The Pathfinder Teaching School Alliance

Pathfinder Teaching Schools Hub

The Pathfinder Teaching School Alliance is based at Archbishop Holgate’s School, an outstanding academy which is situated close to the city centre and the University of York. The alliance is made up of a host of both primary and secondary schools in and around York, all of which have strong foundations in teacher training and with the University of York. 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 The Pathfinder Teaching School Alliance to provide School Direct training in the following subjects:


Please see our 'How to apply' webpage

The Course

Trainee teachers selected for The Pathfinder School Direct route, will be placed in two secondary schools within The Pathfinder Alliance. They will engage in a range of School Direct learning events hosted by The Pathfinder lead school Archbishop Holgate's 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 with trainees on the University of York PGCE route in both the Whole School Issues sessions and Curriculum Area sessions at university.


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 Pathfinder Alliance.


Contact us

Pathfinder Teaching Schools Hub

The Pathfinder Teaching School Alliance

Linsee Thompson, 


Tel: +44 (0)1904 806900

Twitter: @PathfinderTSH

University of York
+44 (0)1904 323576

Institution code

  • 1VU Pathfinder Teaching School Hub

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