Who we are.
North Star is a collaboration of primary schools across North Yorkshire, led by Meadowside Academy in Knaresborough, part of Elevate Multi-Academy Trust. We were designated in the Spring of 2014 and are proud to support schools throughout the region and to provide high-quality initial teacher training through our successful School Direct programme.
We work with strategic partners including North Yorkshire Primary Teaching School Alliances (NYPSTA), the Local Authority, Leeds Trinity University, the Teaching Schools Council, the Regional Schools Commission, Carnegie Leaders in Learning, York St John University and others.
Our vision is to embed a culture of truly continual professional development for all teachers and TAs at every level. We are not a top-down school-improvement service – we are a facilitation service for schools and their staff to improve their own practice through collaboration and research. Our CPLD offer is built on evidence-based programmes that develop an individual’s skills and practice over time and through working with others.
Our approach to each of the areas of focus (CPLD, iTT, and School to School Support) is underpinned by this vision and we strive to make it relevant to all members from trainees taking their first steps into teaching to the most experienced Head Teachers.