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The North Star Teaching Alliance is delighted to be working in partnership with Red Kite Teacher Training offering school direct opportunities from September 2021 in the following courses:

How do we select placement schools?

Placement schools are selected on suitability for the Trainee and geographical location. They are matched with Trainees based on the current strengths of the school and the requirements of the Trainee. In this way we ensure that Trainees have the best possible support in school over their training years and a personalised approach.

How will it work?

Trainees follow a carefully designed plan to support their learning. The course is structured to make sure that Trainees take on classroom responsibility in a systematic manner. The programme will build your confidence, pedagogy and subject knowledge to give you the necessary skills to become an effective classroom practitioner.

A detailed calendar and handbook provide Trainees with all the information that they need to plan ahead. Over the two years, you will have taught in at least two schools and in two key stages. We recommend that you stay in one school for each year of the programme.

Interested? Why not find out about our entry criteria and how to apply?

Training to teach shouldn’t be complicated, and training with Red Kite and their partners across our region is designed to be simple. The programme of courses enables trainees to choose the right course, training partner, training venue and school locations that are best suited to them whilst following one inspiring, bespoke teacher training course and one unique PGCE, delivered by the University of Leeds.

The partnership has an extensive network of schools and expert practitioners that work together to deliver an amazing school-led programme and support to you, whether you choose to train in a remote village location or a busy city centre school. With placements across the region, we have the right school for you. Urban, rural, inner city and special schools – we’ve got them all. You can even choose the venue nearest to where you live for our training days. Together, we’re bringing teacher training to you.

You can find out more about our courses on the DfE Publish website. Applications for all our School Direct courses are made through UCAS and may be submitted from Tuesday 13th October.

Information events

We are holding a number of information events to share information about our teacher-training programme and to meet prospective applicants.

Save the Date: Our next online Recruitment Evening is on Thursday 12th May 2021 5.30pm – 6.30pm. We’d be delighted if you come along to meet us and find out more about our exciting new partnership and programme!

More information to follow.

More events will be added very soon, so please keep checking this page.

What is School Direct? 

School Direct is a school-led teacher training programme that allows trainees to learn from experienced and inspirational teachers working in schools within the North Star Teaching School Alliance and Red Kite Teacher Training Partnership, Students will have the advantage of learning on the job, but will be well supported by a dedicated team of teachers and University trainers, who will guide them every step of the way.

It is a full-time, one-year course, during which students will complete academic assignments, gain subject knowledge and apply their understanding of child development in class, leading to a PGCE with QTS. School Direct offers the same academic rigour as university-led courses and students are eligible for a training bursary and can apply for the same financial support, such as student loans.

Our programme

North Star and Red Kite work with many primary schools, ranging from town schools to tiny village schools, faith and community schools, nursery and forces schools and spreading across North Yorkshire.

All partner schools are committed to supporting entrants to the profession and sharing with trainee teachers their expertise, skills and passion with the aim of improving outcomes for children by fostering the best teachers for the future.

For more detailed information about some of our participating schools check out their websites:

Meadowside Academy

Selby CP School

Nun Monkton Foundation Primary School

Forest of Galtres Anglican Methodist Primary

South Kilvington CE primary

Knayton CE Academy

Marton -cum-Grafton CE Primary School

Romanby Primary

Carlton Miniott Academy

Fairburn Primary School

Husthwaite CE Primary School

Cawood CE Primary School

Knaresborough St. John’s Primary School

Aspin Park Academy

Great Ouseburn CP School

Hensall CP School

Kirkbymoorside CP School

Sheriff Hutton Primary School

Sowerby Academy

Amotherby CP School

Dishforth CE School

Topcliffe CE Academy

Boroughbridge Primary School

Thirsk CP School