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Training and CPD

Training and CPD

Ebor Academy Trust provides high quality, specialist education training which is open to maintained schools, academies and MATs alongside staff at Ebor schools.

Teaching School Hub

Ebor is proud to be a key partner in the Pathfinder Teaching School Hub, which delivers teacher training and development across the area of Ryedale, Scarborough and York. For the teaching school hub and in collaboration with a range of regional partners, we lead and deliver national professional qualifications (NPQs) in a range of areas. New and refreshed NPQs offer an exciting opportunity for us to collaborate across the region to further improve teaching and leadership in our schools so that pupils can be taught by an expert teacher and led by expert leaders. Further details here.


Our apprenticeships programme has been awarded Ofsted’s maximum ‘Significant Progress’ in all three judgement areas. Details here.

Early Excellence

Early Excellence is the leading provider of early years training across the UK. We work with them on a range of highly targeted early years CPD. See flyer for 2021-22 academic year here.

Ebor Academy Trust School Direct programme

We work in partnership with a range of schools to provide an excellent year-long postgraduate teaching qualification. Together with York St John University, we provide a supportive and successful programme to help individuals meet the requirements for Qualified Teaching Status and a 60 Masters Credit post graduate certificate in education (PGCE).

We are committed to providing an outstanding programme of support to our trainees so that they can develop into confident, competent and inspirational teachers of the future.

We have a consistently strong employment record, with a high percentage of trainees securing teaching posts within the Ebor partnership of schools. Many of our previous trainees have progressed into leadership roles and actively take part in the programme.

Check out our video where former trainees explain how they have benefitted from being part of our School Direct programme.

Our training helps our trainees to become…

  • team players as well as encouraging independence
  • creative and inspirational
  • highly motivated and committed
  • self-reflective and proactive
  • problem solvers
  • ambitious and have high expectations
  • Resilient and agile

Programme overview

Our programme will include subject study modules covering the subject knowledge and pedagogy required for successful classroom practice delivered by our staff and colleagues at York St John University.

Professional modules will develop your theories of learning, pupil development and the wider role of the teacher. The majority of training is delivered through workshops using the expertise of practising teachers and senior leaders from schools within the trust. Our workshops have a balance of instruction, practical activities and opportunities to observe or work with small groups of children.

Workshops include the full range of curriculum subjects, in addition to:

  • Outdoor learning
  • Drama and Creative Arts
  • Modern Foreign Languages
  • Behaviour Management, including a focus on resilience and attachment
  • SEND
  • Stonewall
  • Professionalism
  • Application and Interview Process
  • Preparation for life as an Early Career Teacher (ECT)

School placements

From the start you will be based within a school. You will be allocated to a base school for the majority of your training and therefore receive an authentic experience of working as a member of your school’s departmental team. This immersion into the life of the school with a gradual increase in your practical teaching is a distinctive part of our School Direct approach, enabling you to progress effectively and provides an excellent preparation for your Early Career Teacher (ECT) year.

You will indicate a preferred age range of either lower (aged 3-7 years) or upper primary (aged 7-11 years).

The two schools you will be allocated will be contrasting schools within your preferred age phase. This is to ensure breadth of experience as well as meeting the stipulations of national ITT criteria.

The structure of the three phases is as follows:

Autumn Term Base placement – Introduction phase 5 weeks observation and team teaching

6 weeks assessed teaching 40-45% (10 hrs) of the week

Spring Term Second placement – Development phase 6 weeks assessed teaching 40-45% (10 hrs) of the week
Summer Term Return to Base Placement – Consolidation phase 8 weeks assessed teaching up to 75-80% (16 hrs) of the week

You will also spend some enrichment days within a setting with specific expertise in SEND.

In addition, you will be entitled to 10% PPA (planning, preparation and assessment) time each week where you will be expected to work alongside your class teacher or year group teams.

You are also entitled to 10% CPD (Continuous Professional Development) time each week to organise activities that will further your own development. We encourage trainees to use this time to go into the contrasting age range further exposing you to the full primary age range. This may be observing other teachers in your or other schools, team teaching or researching topics.

We use a wide range of placement schools within York and surrounding areas.

Academic and mentor support

Colleagues oversee the operational elements of the Ebor Academy Trust School Direct Programme to ensure a high quality of provision for trainees in all our schools.

Support is an integral part of developing and nurturing our trainees to be outstanding teachers. You will be supported by a school-based mentor as well as a link mentor. The link mentor will be in regular contact through informal visits and joint appraisals.

You will also be allocated an academic tutor from York St John University to support writing at Masters Level. In addition, trainees have full access to the Student Support Services offered by the University.

Why choose Ebor Academy Trust School Direct?

  • A collaborative and established programme
  • Support from our experienced and committed team of school-based mentors, teachers and York St John colleagues to guide you every step of the way
  • Small group with 14 fellow trainees
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) awarded by the University of York St John with a graduation ceremony in the magnificent York Minster
  • Extensive school placement to enable you to develop and embed skills
  • Placements in at least two different schools
  • Consistently high employment record

Entry requirements

You must be an honours graduate of an approved university or other institution granting equivalent qualifications acceptable both to York St John University and the National College for Teaching and Leadership.

All applicants require GCSE grade C or above in English Language, Mathematics and Science.


For September 2022 applications, you will need to apply through the DfE Apply portal. More details available here.


Tuition fees for the programme are £9,250. All places are unsalaried.

Further advice can also be provided by York St John University Funding Advice Team: For more information on the Funding Advice Team, click here.

Email Louise Jackson at Ebor Academy Trust if you have any queries –