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Scholarships from £28,000 – £32,000

Scholarships for 2018/19 have now been announced: 

Applicants with good degrees in key subjects can apply for a ‘tax free’ Scholarship of between £28,000 (Physics, Chemistry, Computing, Geography & Languages*) and £32,000 for Maths*.

To be eligible for a Scholarship, you should have at least a 2:1 degree or above and want to teach one of the subjects listed.  You can still apply if you have a 2:2, but you’ll need to provide evidence of significant relevant experience. Scholarships are awarded in place of a bursary.

Find out more on the dedicated scholarship pages:

  • Computing: BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT
  • Chemistry: Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Geography: Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
  • Languages: British Council
  • Maths: Mathematics Teacher Training Scholarships
  • Physics: Institute of Physics scholarships

Or have a look at their brochures:

If you’re not successful in your application for a scholarship, and secured a place on a qualifying teacher training course in England you’ll still receive the standard Bursary.

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* Conditions apply:

  • Languages – only for French, Spanish & German;
  • Maths – £22k Scholarship with additional payments totalling £10k (after tax) once in teaching – with two additional ‘early-career’ payments of £5k each in your 3rd & 5th year of teaching . Further conditions apply.

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*** 2018-19 Bursaries ***

The ITT Bursaries, Scholarships and School Direct (Salaried) grants for the academic year 2018 to 2019 have now been announced: www.gov.uk / Get Into Teaching.

Get up to £32,000 to train to teach!

The DfE provided bursary awards for 2018-19 are as follows:

Graduates with top degrees training to teach in ‘priority’ Secondary subjects may be eligible for a Bursary Grant or a Scholarship of up to:

  • Mathematics* -£32,000 Scholarship or  £30,000 Bursary
    • This is made up of either a £22k Scholarship or £20k Bursary with two additional payments each of £5k after the 3rd & 5th year in teaching.
  • £28,000 Scholarship or £26,000 Bursary in other high-priority subjects for Trainees with a 1st, 2:1, 2:2, PhD or Master’s:
    • Physics
    • Chemistry
    • Computing
    • Languages (Scholarships for French, Spanish & German ONLY)
    • Geography

And other subjects have Bursaries of:

  • Biology – £26,000 (1st, 2:1, 2:2, PhD or Master’s)
  • English – £15,000 (1st, 2:1, 2:2, PhD or Master’s)
  • D&T – £12,000 (1st/PhD) or £9,000 (2:1/Master’s)
  • £9,000 (1st/PhD) or £4,000 (2:1/Master’s) for:
    • History
    • Music
    • RE

*Mathematics: The new bursaries for Maths teachers (unveiled by the Secretary of State, Justine Greening, in early October 2017) give Maths graduates up to £32,000 on top of their teaching salaries in exchange for joining and remaining in the teaching profession.

All Maths graduates will get an upfront payment of £20,000 (£22K for Scholars) when they become Secondary school teachers, with those who stay on in the profession then receiving two subsequent payments of £5,000 in each of their 3rd & 5th years of their teaching career.

Also, an increased incremental amount of £7,500 will be available “to encourage the best maths teachers to teach in more challenging schools”.

If you’re not sure if you’ll be eligible, please contact us to discuss your application:

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Teach and get your student loan repaid!

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All Languages, Biology, Chemistry, Physics & Computer Science teachers who start a teacher training course (or are in years 1 to 5 of their careers) from September 2018, will be eligible for the Teachers’ Student Loan Reimbursement scheme announced by the Secretary of State on 1st Oct 2017, provided they are teaching in a state-funded school in a designated Local Authority.

The full list of participating Local Authorities will be available shortly on www.gov.uk and Get Into Teaching.

Clearly we’re hoping to be one of those LAs!

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*** 8th Nov 2017 – ITT Application Information Event ***

We’re holding an Application  Information Event

On: Wednesday 8th November 2017

From: 4.30 – 6pm (please arrive for the start at 4.30pm)

At: The Mary Woollett Centre, Danum Road, Doncaster, DN4 5HF

Are you considering applying for teacher training to start in September 2018?

If so, you are invited to attend this event to find out more about:

  • the application and  selection process;
  • bursaries, grants and tuition-fees etc.;
  • the schools involved in Doncaster;
  • and whether schools-based training is right for you.

The UCAS system opens for 2018-19 applications on 26th October, so this event will help prepare you to submit your application.

We look forward to seeing you on the 8th November!

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*** Train to Teach Event – York (31st Oct 2017) ***

There’ll be no ‘Tricks’, but plenty of ‘Treats’ on

To find out more about schools-based teacher training and to discuss your application to the Doncaster ITT Partnership, visit us at the next Train to Teach Event in York, organised by the Department for Education (DfE)

We’ll be at:

  •  Park Inn by Radisson North Street, York, YO1 6JF
    from 4.30pm – 8pm on Tue 31st October 2017

Who is this event for?

This event is designed for anyone who has a degree and is interested in teaching – particularly those who are considering starting their teacher training in September 2018. 

 What to expect:

If you attend the event you’ll be able to:

  • discuss the different teacher training options available, to help you decide which would best suit you;
  • meet representatives from our own and other schools/universities that deliver teacher training in this area, and find out about their courses and entry requirements;
  • receive advice on submitting a successful UCAS application;
  • talk to practising teachers, including those who have changed career to teach, about what a career as a teacher is really like;
  • find out about bursaries, scholarships and funding available for teacher training.

Register for your free place today at: Train to Teach

 So ‘Save the Date’ and we’ll look forward to seeing you there!

And, if you can’t get to York, please see all of our school ‘Open Days‘ and come along to discuss your application for teacher training in Doncaster.

We look forward to meeting you at one of these events.

NB – we’ll also be in Sheffield on 25th Jan 2018 at the Mercure Sheffield St Paul’s Hotel, 119 Norfolk street, S1 2JE, from 4.30 – 8pm.

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*** ITT Open Days 2017-18 ***

It’s always great to meet with and talk to potential applicants wanting to apply to train to teach in Doncaster, so if you have queries about our training programme or if you want to discuss any aspect of your application, then please come along and see us at one of our school ‘Open Day’ drop-in sessions:

2017:

2018:

Confirmation of dates/times and details of further Open Days will be posted here once finalised.

Although it does help us to know (by email) if you are coming, there’s no need to book a slot, so please just turn up at the school’s Reception and we’ll be on hand to help you with any queries you may have regarding schools-based teacher training or making an application etc.

We look forward to seeing you!

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Also look out for our post with details of the Department for Education’s Train to Teach Roadshows taking place in the Region over the coming months, which we will be attending  – York (31st Oct 2017) & Sheffield (25th Jan 2018).

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*** UCAS reopens on 26th October for 2018-19 programmes***

To apply for Schools-based ITT in Doncaster for 2018/19:

From 26th October 2017, please go to www.UCAS.com to apply for SCITT & School Direct places with the Doncaster ITT Partnership  for 2018-19.

Search for ‘Doncaster‘ then, for:

SCITT – ‘Doncaster ITT Partnership’ (Primary & Secondary)

Or for School Direct:

Primary* – ‘Doncaster Partners in Learning Teaching School Alliance’
Secondary – ‘Doncaster Regional Alliance For Teacher Training (secondary)’

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we’ve been allocated our places for 2018/19, so when UCAS opens (26th Oct 2017) we’ll  be especially interested in receiving applications for certain ‘Priority‘ Secondary subject areas:

  • Physics;
  • Chemistry;
  • Computing;
  • Design Technology (esp. Resistant Materials);
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Languages (French & Spanish – possibly German, if with Spanish / French);
  • Geography.

And we’ll also be looking to fill a number of Secondary subjects (in addition to the above) inc:

  • Art & Design;
  • Biology;
  • Business Studies;
  • Dance;
  • Drama;
  • English;
  • History;
  • Physical Education – (see notes below*);
  • Religious Education;
  • Social Science;

And of course:

  • Primary!

Good luck with your applications!

*NOTES:

Please note that PE is always very heavily over subscribed and places are always quickly filled, so please consider if you have the relevant skills, experience or degree (i.e. Sports ‘Science’) to perhaps consider applying for another subject (e.g. Biology or Primary etc.).

*PE & EBacc subject:

The DfE / NCTL have committed to supporting a limited number of additional PE places where the applicant has: a good A-Level pass in a relevant EBacc subject; can demonstrate an ability to develop their subject knowledge (SKE may be available) and train to teach ‘some’ of that subject in addition to PE. All assessments for the award of QTS will still be based on the PE element of training, but will enable the trainee to be considered for a teaching timetable that included the EBacc subject in future. 

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Skills Tests – How NOT to fail them!

Clearly we’d like you all to pass the Skills Tests as soon as possible, so we’d rather you were properly prepared to take and pass them , hopefully first time, so please read this carefully:

Firstly it’s important that you take the right documents when attending the Skills Test centers. Anyone that doesn’t follow the process (below) might be turned away, and may lose their first free attempt at taking the Skills Tests.

Booking the skills tests:

You can book your Skills Tests once you have submitted your application through UCAS Teacher Training. You can book in advance of this, as long as your application is submitted before you attend the test centre.

What you need to bring:

  • Two forms of identification – a primary ID such as a passport, and a secondary ID (e.g. a debit card). More information can be found on the STA Website
  • You also need to bring proof of your teacher training application – e.g.:
  • a welcome email from UCAS Teacher Training;
  • correspondence from your school or university provider;
  • a copy of your completed UCAS Teacher Training application form;
  • confirmation of, or an invitation to, an interview from your school or university.

For more information please visit: www.sta.education.gov.uk

So, once you know what you’re taking with you, please consider that:

In our experience, many applicants take the first one without any real preparation thinking “how hard can it be?” and are then surprised by the test and fail it. Then they do some practice tests, but think we need them to pass the tests ASAP, so re-book without really taking the time they need to be ready to pass and so fail again, perhaps just by an odd mark.

Then ‘fear of failure’ kicks in and the final test becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy and they fail. Not though lack of ability or knowledge, but purely because they panic.

So, be one of those who doesn’t take it lightly, be very well prepared for your first attempts and you’ll more than likely pass them both first time. But if not, make sure that you are totally ready for the 2nd attempt and then you’ll not be putting yourself under the pressure of having to take it for a 3rd time.

Almost everyone passes by the 3rd attempt, very few fail and most pass 1st or 2nd time.

Take and pass the ‘easier’ of the two first. If Maths is your ‘thing’ do that one and then take the literacy later on. If English is your strength, do that one first then take the numeracy later.

Don’t book to take them both on the same day just to save travel time and costs – it could put you under too much pressure and end up costing you far more in the long run!

For applicants offered places with us, we’ll be running some support events in the Spring Term, so there’s no mad rush having to take them just yet.

And . . . you might want to go to one or more the following – other websites & services can be found from a simple Google search (other search engines are also available!), but these have been recommended by some of our former trainees:

Numeracy Ready & How to pass the Numeracy test (Quote ‘NST20’ for a Discount)

How to pass the Literacy test

Literacy Skills Test (spellings)

Creative Openings (Numeracy & Literacy support)

Good luck with your Skills Tests!

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GCSEs – ‘Equivalency Tests’ and Level 2 Qualifications

GCSEs:

You’ll need your GCSEs (Grade C or above/equivalent* – New GCSE Grade 4 or above) in Maths & English [and a Science if you want to teach Primary], but make sure that you have them BEFORE you apply.

If you don’t have them yet, you can consider doing an ‘Equivalency Test’ before you apply for teacher training. A simple internet search will bring up a number of organisations who deliver Equivalency Tests.

Level 2 Qualifications:
Please note that Level 2 Qualifications (e.g. GNVQs etc.) are NOT equivalent, as they do not have the ‘breadth or depth’ of a GCSE or a recognised equivalent.

If you do apply and only have Level 2 qualifications, your application will not be progressed further, so please look to take a GCSE resit, alternative qualification or an Equivalence Test before applying for a place on one of our ITT programmes.

Equivalency Tests:

Please contact Janine Ryan at the University Centre Doncaster on: janine.ryan@don.ac.uk for information about their  ‘short course’ GCSE Equivalency programmes.

Or our colleagues at the University of Hull can also be contacted to facilitate you taking a test, which if passed would be deemed to be equivalent to the relevant GCSE.

An initial test will cost about £90, but should it be necessary for a resit test, this would be a further £45/test (Correct as of June 2015).

To arrange a convenient time for you to take the test please contact the University of Hull on: teachereducation@hull.ac.uk

 

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Is all Schools-led ITT the same?

NO!

We’re all the same in many respects, but very different in others. We all have to meet the same ITT Entry Criteria, but we go about it in very different ways and it’s the same with how you’ll be trained.

Even the 2nd ‘S‘ in ‘schools‘ is a key difference – will you get a chance to train in a range of contrasting schools [plr] or mainly be based in just one school (sgl), with just a short placement in a quite similar school?

So what should you be looking for?

  • Training with an Accredited ITT Provider at the very heart of the programme, not just a distant university linked to a group of schools;
  • Alliances with a broad range of contrasting schools, not just a few similar schools who’ve set-up to do Schools Direct;
  • Having a choice about doing a PGCE or not and making sure it’s a full PGCE with 60 Masters Credits all at Level 7, not just a ‘PG Cert’ or with credits only at Level 6;
  • Training provision with a history of delivering high-quality Trainee Attainment, not just a small group of schools who don’t have any real experience of delivering their own ITT;
  • A Provider with a range of significant partner organisations (e.g. Local Authorities, Teaching School Alliances, Universities etc.);
  • Not having to pay £9,000 if you don’t have to!

The Doncaster ITT Partnership is an Accredited School Centred ITT Provider with nearly 14 years experience of delivering ‘Outstanding Trainee  Attainment’ (Ofsted 2012); working with a wide range of Schools, Academies, Special Schools and PRUs, the Local Authority, Teaching School Alliance and the University of Hull (to deliver an optional PGCE) and all for far less than most ITT courses.

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