ITT - Why train with the Esk Valley Alliance?

The Esk Valley Alliance (EVA) is a long standing alliance in the Whitby region of North Yorkshire. The Alliance emerged from a recognition that schools could be stronger, more sustainable and provide better outcomes and opportunities for everyone if they improved their work together.

Our schools work together to … 

· maximise the learning potential for every child

· support, challenge and encourage effectively

· to develop resilient and sustainable networks, partnerships, communities and collaborations

· create opportunities for staff to grow and shine through high quality professional development and innovation

· to transform independence into interdependence

· nurture  the flourishing of every child and teacher.

As you will see we believe passionately that we should do everything possible to provide a first-class education for our children. Teaching School Alliances link with each other to share their work and to continue to further improve. The national picture of a school led system has allowed for wider partnership collaboration and we are proud to be part of this.

We work closely with our strategic partners including York St John University, Trust4Learning and a growing number of member schools.  Within EVA we have a number of Specialist Leaders in Education, highly trained and experienced Mentors and School to School Support advisors.  We are able to offer a bespoke programme of events to meet a range of individual interests and needs.

Our school-centred (School Direct) primary programme is a community of learning with partnership at the heart of the programme.  The partnership work together to develop outstanding student teachers who are:

  • transformative and creative professionals;
  • highly motivated and committed;
  • autonomous and independent;
  • enquiry based practitioners;
  • self-reflective practitioners.

The programme is committed to delivering outstanding education and training that is current and relevant and that provides excellent opportunities for student teachers to develop their knowledge and understanding of their subject and wider educational issues, so that they are equipped to be outstanding teachers and leaders.

We work in partnership with York St John University to provide our Teaching Training Programme.

York St John University (YSJU) has been heavily involved in teacher education since 1869 and currently runs primary and secondary training both as university centred programmes and School Direct Alliance partners.  The YSJU Initial Teacher Education partnership works with approximately 450 schools across 15 local authorities in any given academic year.

The YSJU ITE partnership supports and trains student teachers who are intelligent risk takers who base their professional decisions on a deep-rooted understanding of children’s learning and effective pedagogies.  They ensure that all children make good progress, addressing diverse needs and fully engaging them in learning; learning is supported by a commitment to continuing professional development and strong engagement with all stakeholders in our partnership and a child-centred philosophy. 

Across the course of their training, student teachers are increasingly able to take a lead within their particular school contexts, constructing meaning not only from the whole training experience but also by reflecting upon and valuing their individual and collective strengths.  They are aware of how their values and beliefs impact upon their high level of professional conduct and how they can make a positive contribution to the development of others within the teaching profession.

Initial Teacher Education with York St John University in collaboration with its School Direct Alliance Partners will provide you with high quality training that not only responds to the demands of the Teaching Standards and changes in the wider education landscape but also encompasses and embraces that which criticises and critiques current practice, encouraging, acknowledging and rewarding research-led reflection on pedagogy.