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“Working and learning together to improve children’s lives”



YCAT Training and support


YCAT is committed to being an employer of choice.  As part of this commitment, we provide regular, in-house training at all levels including:

  • Teaching assistants
  • Newly qualified teachers
  • Teaching staff
  • Leadership staff
  • Administration and business management staff
  • Trustees and governors


Termly cross school training ensures our staff are kept up to date with current developments and best practice.

We recognise the importance of the role of trustees and governors but undertstand the logistical issues they face in attending training sessions.  As a result, we have developed a suite of bespoke online training to support key aspects of their role including data analysis, safeguarding, finance and risk assessment.

As the lead school in the HART Teaching Alliance, we have access to a wide range of expertise and training programmes throughout the year. YCAT staff are involved in the development of many of these programmes, following research into new techniques and approaches.


Programmes include, for example:

  • A personalised NQT programme that provides coaching and support to new teachers to enable them to develop their best practice.
  • Mastery maths- establishing key principles.
  • Teaching assistants developing effective questioning skills.
  • Using assessment in the new national curriculum to maximise your impact on pupils’ learning.
  • Middle and subject leaders – ensuring you have an impact on school improvement.
  • Using lesson studies to raise groups of pupils’ achievement.
  • Early Years Practice Reviews.
  • Governors’ training- supporting and holding your leaders to account.
  • Admin/Business Managers network
  • Subject leaders network.
  • Middle leaders network.
  • Teaching assistant network.
  • Teachers’ year groups network
  • Governance- self evaluation
  • Governance- the new Ofsted Framework

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