HART of Yorkshire Partnership

HART of Yorkshire consists of a group of schools in North Yorkshire, which work together on a range of educational initiatives and projects.

The schools work together in this way to enhance the educational effectiveness of each school for the benefit of the pupils in the area and to improve pupils outcomes in our schools. The partnership is made up of a teaching school alliance, The Harrogate and Rural Teaching school (HART) Alliance, and other schools beyond that alliance who are very interested in quality Initial Teacher Training provision.  Currently these schools collaborate on many projects to support schools in school improvement across Yorkshire.

This School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) programme has been developed by schools, resulting in a 39 week full time course. We offer trainees the opportunity to achieve recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status at Primary level either 5-11 or 3-11 years, and leave with extended skills in teaching English, Mathematics, Science, pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and Early Years and gain the award of Post Graduate Certificate in Education. You will need to successfully pass the Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy before you start the programme, and during the programme meet the requirements of the Teachers’ Standards in order to achieve recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status.

The programme offers a real balance between hands-on classroom experience and pedagogical theory underpinning educational practice.

A Partnership of Quality and Experience

The Harrogate and Rural Teaching School Alliance, with it’s Teaching School at Askwith Primary School, has been involved in teacher training as a group for 14 years. This has resulted in local Higher Education Inistitution (HEI) partners competing to place their trainees within our schools. Prior to becoming accredited, HART has successfully hosted a number of School Direct trainees (100% of who are now employed) and are now training their second cohort of SCITT trainees. Capacity has developed and grown to enable this unique and cutting edge teacher training programme for trainees, with up to date methods and support available.

Our group of schools has worked hard with national partners to develop and support other schools in writing their new school curriculum and designing assessment processes. This intimate knowledge of the pedagogy of teaching and learning, the school curriculum and the experience in improving classroom practice has resulted in top quality training for trainees within our alliance.

“I enjoyed the course and felt that the balance between core training and school based sessions really helped prepare me for my NQT year. The tutors and mentors were all very supportive.”

“I liked the small intake which enabled me to receive excellent support.”

“It is an excellent course that prepares you well for the practical aspects of teaching. The course is very well run and managed and the mentor system especially good.”

“it’s very intense and certainly hard work, but I can see that it’s the best way to train to be an effective teacher”

Why Do the Schools Want to Be Involved in Teacher Training?

Schools have a direct interest in the quality of teachers entering the profession. The work of a teacher is ever changing and those working in the classroom and in schools are in the front line of these changes. Schools can provide a training programme that is relevant to the demands of the modern classroom. For this reason we work closely with schools to provide a steady supply of skillful and confident newly qualified teachers to meet the needs of individual schools. Often school leaders when interviewing applicants to the programme will be scouting talent for future employment at their schools.


When I made everyone on the programme aware that I was going to apply for a job in a school which faced many behavioural difficulties, the team made sure that I had plenty of experience in this area so that I would be fully prepared for my new position. It has been a personalised programme right from the beginning strengthening me to be the best I can be.