Current Opportunities

Current Opportunities

Early years

Fully funded 6 week CPD course available to early years practitioners and reception class TAs

The course is based on the Sustained Shared Thinking and Emotional Wellbeing (SSTEW) framework, recommended by professionals as one of the most effective tools to help practitioners to structure high quality interactions with children. The programme will equip practitioners with the skills and confidence to strike an effective balance between child-led and adult directed learning.

The course will combine theory sessions taught by experienced tutors from Coventry University’s Faculty of Education with two placement days, where practitioners can put their learning into practice. The first placement day will be held at Childhaven Community Nursery School, an Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ nursery school with expertise in delivering the SSTEW framework. For the second placement, the course organisers will pair up practitioners and fund them to host each other at their settings.  This will provide an opportunity to observe more good practice, and offer reciprocal feedback.

All taught sessions will be delivered in the evening to avoid the need for supply cover, and the Opportunity Area will fund supply cover for the two placement days.  On completion of the course, practitioners will receive a Coventry University-endorsed certificate of achievement.

The course is due to start on 1st October, taught session and placement details are below:



Location Date


1 Coventry University, Scarborough campus Tuesday 1st October 18:00-20:00
2 Coventry University, Scarborough campus Tuesday 8th October 18:00-20:00

Placement day at Childhaven Community Nursery School  (w/c 14th October)

4 Coventry University, Scarborough campus Tuesday 22nd October 18:00-20:00

Placement day at partner setting organised by course leaders (w/c 11th November)

6 Coventry University, Scarborough campus Tuesday 19th November 18:00-20:00


Over twenty practitioners signed up to the first round of this course delivered in June, their feedback has been unanimously positive:

“I loved this course. It was very well delivered; each person provided something different and brilliant”

“Really useful to work alongside and learn alongside a range of other roles and settings”

“It has been great to visit Childhaven, to see the setting in action!”

If you would like to nominate yourself or someone from your setting to complete the course, please reply to this email with their name and email address. The deadline for signing up is Monday 30th September.


Third round of the transition project

The third round of the transition project will start on 16th October. The project aims to support transition between key stage 2 and key stage 3 to ensure primary and secondary schools have a shared understanding of the common areas that children struggle with in maths and where there are common strengths.

For more information, or to sign up to the project, please contact


Coming soon…

Early Years Maths Mastery course will be running in September; details will be published on the website shortly.



Speech, Language and Communication

Early years settings are invited to nominate a strong practitioner to undertake the level 3 qualification ‘Supporting Children and Young People’s Speech, Language and Communication’.

This fully-funded qualification is delivered through an online platform and is endorsed by the Communication Trust. It aims to boost practitioners’ knowledge and skills in observing and recognising stages of development in speech, language and communication, and identifying children experiencing difficulties.  Settings who received the email invitation have until 1st February to nominate a practitioner to undertake the training.

Contact if of interest

Senior and Middle Leaders – Secondary Schools


This programme provides CPD to secondary school senior and middle leaders to enable critical skills development in the area of change management and managing staff.   In partnership with Scarborough Teaching School Alliance, this aims to drive forward progress and impact that would equip senior and middle leaders with the skills and knowledge to tackle current and future change management and build leadership capacity.

What is included?

This is a fully funded programme with all secondary schools are encouraged to participate.

Programme content includes:

Senior Leaders
Performance management; Effectively implementing change; Managing conflict; Coaching conversations; Action Learning for Leadership

Middle Leaders
Managing conflict; Challenging conversations; Coaching conversations; Holding People to Account; Performance management conversations; Action Learning in Practice.
All Programmes will enable reflective practice with additional sessions scheduled.

Who is eligible?

All NYOA secondary school senior and middle leaders are eligible for this programme, including aspiring leaders, to develop the knowledge and skills needed to be an effective leader in a complex educational environment.

When will this commence?

There will be a total of four cohorts delivered across 2019/20 and 2020/21, each with a maximum of fifteen available places.  The first cohort will commence in January 2019, with commitment of one twilight session per half term (SL) / month (ML) across a calendar year (excluding school holidays).

Who will deliver the programme?

Delivery is by experienced HR/OD practitioners with in-depth knowledge of the education sector and the related pace of change and development.  With significant knowledge of the schools in the area and the complexity of challenge, the practitioners delivering this programme have proven engagement with secondary schools, including maintained and academy experience.

How do we get involved?

To book a place or to obtain further information, please contact Susan McGinn, NYHR, on 01609 536921

Essential Life Skills – Youth Social Action

We team up with the Two Ridings Community Foundation to support more young people to take part in social action in the area. This was match-funded through the #iwill fund and forms part of our investment in the area through the Essential Life Skills Fund.

Here are the projects we have been able to support:

Art Therapy Yorkshire – an arts project with young people at risk of homelessness, this will enable them to build confidence and display their work as part of the wider Coastival festival.

Scarborough & District Citizens Advice Bureau – training for young people through a volunteering advice programme.

Sleight’s Area Men’s Shed – support for engagement with local schools to develop a social action programme around a ‘youth shed’

Coventry University Scarborough Student Union – funding for the students to develop a social action project in Scarborough.

Scarborough YMCA – personal development sessions for young people to encourage socially and politically active young people that are engaged with their communities.

Futureworks NY – a programme of personal development sessions and activities aimed at disadvantaged young people to build confidence and encourage participation in volunteering.

Scarborough & Ryedale Carers Resource – support for the young participants of the Youth Council in their campaign to promote awareness around young people’s mental health.

Jobs of the Future

We teamed up with the National Careers Service to produce Labour Market Information (LMI) materials for young people across schools in Scarborough, Whitby and Filey.

The resources linked to this leaflet are available to all school to help provide young people with information, advice and guidance to progress into learning, training and employment.

You can access the leaflet here.