Current Opportunities

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.

UK / China Maths Teacher Exchange

In January 2019 Northstead will be hosting 2 teachers from Shanghai as part of the UK China teacher exchange organised by the NCETM and DfE. This is an opportunity for schools to observe highly effective Teaching for Mastery in a school context without travelling great distances.

Some dates are specific to schools in the OA and some are open to schools across the region.

For Schools in the Opportunity Area
Monday 21st January (pm) – Lesson observation available to Headteachers/maths leaders
Wednesday 23rd (am) – Lesson observation available to Headteachers/maths leaders

For Schools in the region
Tuesday 22nd (pm) – showcase lesson open to colleagues from school across the region
Wednesday 23rd (pm) – showcase lesson open to colleagues from school across the region



Implementation Guidance CPD

We are funding two CPD opportunities based on the EEF’s Guidance report – A School’s Guide to Implementation.

This professional development programme gives time and support to practically apply the evidence to create sustained change. The training is 3 full days, supported by individual in-school coaching sessions. The outcome will be an evidence-informed School Development Plan for the 2019/20 Academic Year. More here.

For those wanting a bite-sized introduction, twilight sessions are being held for teachers and school leaders interesting in developing a better understanding of how to make practical changes to their classroom practice. Sessions are in Whitby (23 Jan 2019 4pm – 5.30pm) and Scarborough (26th June 4pm – 5.30pm) More here.

For more information and to book, please email