Policy and Support

We have a commitment to equality of opportunity for all, and welcome candidates from diverse ethnic backgrounds regardless of age, gender, disability, religious or social contexts.

Disability Access

If you have special needs, please contact us so that we can discuss your requirements and how these can be met.

Freedom of Information Act 2000

We have adopted a “Publication Scheme” to meet new requirements to make information about the course available to the general public. The scheme covers the following types of information:

  • Prospectus (Website)
  • YCAT Trustee minutes and HART Finance Committee Minutes
  • Curriculum & Teaching Standards Policies
  • Academic Management documents

All of these documents can be read in our office.

This new legislation does not compromise the Data Protection Act and all personal information about trainees and members of staff remains confidential.

Other Policies

We are happy to make the following policies available to you on request:

  • Assessment policy including both practice and academic
  • Complaints and Appeals policy
  • Learner agreement
  • General Data Protection Privacy Policy
  • Disciplinary policy
  • Internet
  • Equality and diversity policy HERE
  • Personal extenuating circumstances policy
  • Attendance policy
  • Safeguarding
  • Quality Assurance Policy

All other policies comply with placement school regulations

Public Transport

If you do not have your own transport, we will ensure that you are placed in a school with strong public transport links.  Relationships between trainees are built quickly and many support each other with lifts to twilight sessions and central training days.  You will be responsible for the cost of the transport to your placement and to your central training days. Central training days are held in Harrogate to support this.

Obtaining Your First Teaching Post

Trainees do not normally experience difficulty in obtaining teaching posts, as our quality reputation stretches well beyond our partnership. We also provide support for writing personal statements, filling application forms and with the interview process.

Trainee Placements

We work closely with our partnership schools and try to place trainees either in a school with another trainee, or in a school close by so they can support one another and share ideas. On central training days, trainees meet up as a group and can share their classroom experiences and offer subject knowledge support to one another.

Each trainee is treated as an individual and the course is tailor-made to meet and support individual needs.

Study Facilities

Trainees study together in pleasant surroundings.  Some sessions are held in schools and most central training sessions are held at Harrogate Rugby Club, which is easily accessible from Leeds, Bradford and further north to Ripon and Skipton.  Wifi is available with a Virtual Learning Environment enabling access to training notes, professional journals and research papers.

Trainee Advisors

The SCITT Programme Lead and Business Manager are able to support trainees or signpost them to the appropriate place to access support. We have a pastoral advisor to support trainees with mental health and well-being. Within school, trainees have day-to-day support from a School-Based Tutor (SBT) and also receive guidance from a Link Tutor in order to improve their teaching.



The mentor support got me through, my mentor was there for me even on those days when she was very busy, I was amazed at how much support there was”