New Teacher Training Partner For University of York

The prospects for future teachers in North Yorkshire have been given a boost due to a new partnership that has been launched between University of York and Teach North. 

The partnership will see secondary trainee teachers studying at both the university and Teach North, while also completing two placements as part of their school-based training. 

Teacher training opportunities created by the partnership will be welcome news to the education sector, following recent stories regarding a potential shortage of teachers. 

In recent weeks, the government has announced numerous education policies with some aimed at boosting teacher recruitment and improving the status of the profession. The policies include increasing starting salaries for new teachers to £30,000 within four years.

Dr. Claire E. Ball-Smith, Director of Initial Teacher Training, at the University of York, said: “We are delighted to team up with Teach North and Outwood Grange Academies Trust to offer this fantastic learning opportunity to future teachers.”

“We are committed to student success and a strong local impact at the University of York. Our partnership with Teach North helps deliver on these commitments by offering students the opportunity to receive innovative teacher training and undergo placements in schools across Yorkshire.” 

Teach North also has similar partnerships with Durham University, Leeds Beckett University, and Sheffield Hallam University.

Following the conclusion of the teacher training programme, the trainee teachers will receive a PGCE qualification with Qualified Teacher Status, and 60 Master’s credits.

Emma Tate, Associate Director of the OIE, said: ““We aim to deliver excellent teacher training across Yorkshire, the Humber and the Tees Valley region, and working with such a well-respected, professional university with ambition will only help us achieve this aim.”

Emma added: “Teach North strives to support potential teachers and trainee teachers to reach their potential, to ensure the best outcomes for children in all schools. So if you’re interested in training to be a teacher, please do get in touch.”

Those who wish to sign up for the teacher training programme will be able to once UCAS opens for applications on Tuesday 8 October! For more information on the teacher training opportunities at Teach North and University of York, visit and

Pictured (left to right) - Olivia Bennett, Dr. Claire E. Ball-Smith and Emma Tate.

Lauren Orange