Pathfinder (Teaching School)

The Pathfinder Teaching School
In the years to come we will look to build on the excellent work we are doing as the lead school in the Pathfinder Teaching School Alliance, providing high quality CPD across the city and training the next generation of teachers and leaders. Full details can be found on the Teaching School website, accessible via the following link:

“Teaching schools are outstanding schools that work with others to provide high-quality training and development to new and experienced school staff. They are part of the government’s plan to give schools a central role in raising standards by developing a self-improving and sustainable school-led system”.


The Pathfinder Teaching School Alliance was designated in April 2014. The alliance has and will retain a small strategic core allowing us to focus on the areas we consider priorities in our region. Our overarching ethos as a teaching school is to improve the educational provision for pupils and staff across the York, the East Riding and North Yorkshire. We are based at Archbishop Holgate’s School in York but our partnership stretches well into the east Riding and North Yorkshire. We do not have a formal membership structure and are actively seeking to widen our school partnerships and networks.

Mission Statement
To work collaboratively in partnership, as a community of schools, to ensure all children are known and cared for as individuals.
- To demonstrate a commitment to every child, to provide the very best education and to maximise achievement.
- To share best practice and to provide an environment in which educational theory and practice can be observed, studied and practiced.
- To recruit and inspire a new generation of colleagues and existing teachers by establishing the very best professional development to support fellow professionals in raising standards and aspirations.
- To work collaboratively with other schools, the Church of England and educational institutions to establish an educational dialogue, to identify and implement change to continually improve practice at all  schools.
- To develop through partnership and shared values a vision for education.

Our Teaching School Alliances support schools in six key areas:
- Initial Teacher Training – lead role in recruiting and training new teachers
- Continuing Professional Development – peer-to-peer professional & leadership development
- Succession Planning & Talent Management – identifying & developing leadership potential
- School to School Support – providing & coordinating support for other schools
- Specialist Leaders of Education – SLE designate & broker specialist leaders
- Research & Development – engaging & leading educational research

Our partnership of schools work collaboratively together to deliver a shared vision for education.
Our Strategic Partners are:
- Hempland Primary School
- St Mary’s Church of England Primary School
- Osbaldwick Primary School
- Wilberfoss Church of England Primary School
- Warter Church of England Primary School
- Fulford Secondary School

- The Diocese of York
- York Local Authority
- York University
- Sheffield Hallam University
- York St John University

A refined and extensive programme of CPD opportunities
 Up to July 2017
- 173 Courses Offered
- 2029 Total Delegates
- 152 Different Schools
- 147 Different Trainers
- 6739.5 Total CPD Person Hours

Evaluation Scores (1 Strongly Agree and 5 Strongly Disagree)
- Facilitator displays high level of knowledge    1.1
- CPD well planned and organised                   1.1
- Recommend CPD to a colleague                   1.2
- Will help improve student outcomes              1.4
- Facilitator was responsive to needs               1.2
Pathfinder has been successful in organising both a regional Headteacher Conference and a national Mental Health Conference.

High Quality Schools Direct Provision
- During 2016/17 we have trained 79 ITT students (64 Secondary and 15 Primary) through our partnerships with York University, York St John and Sheffield Hallam.
- We have currently recruited 51 trainees for September 2017

Trainee teachers celebrate passing

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