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We are a genuine Partnership run BY and FOR schools who passionately believe that teacher training can and should be delivered with the student at the very heart of why and how we deliver training.

Time for a (FREE) coffee at Starbucks?

 

If so, the DfE (Department for Education) Get into Teaching Team are hosting a number of events at Starbucks in Doncaster (Unit 64, Frenchgate Centre, Doncaster, DN1 1QB)

A coffee appointment will give YOU the chance to talk to a trainee teacher or a current teacher in Doncaster about their experience of the application process, and for you to get all of your questions answered.

So register for a Get Into Teaching coffee appointment in Doncaster:

Book an appointment

Don’t worry if you don’t like coffee, other hot and cold beverages will be available – This is Yorkshire, so there’ll always be Tea!

 

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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?

See what one of our Trainees thought about his training with us.

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!
  • Schools benefiting from being in a Social Mobility Opportunity Area (SMOA);
  • A collaborative approach to professional development through the ‘Partners in Learning‘ Teaching School Alliance (TSA);
  • A real focus on research in teaching through the recently established ‘Research School‘ as part of the Research Schools Network
  •  Government supported recruitment and retention initiatives

Teach Doncaster!

The Doncaster ITT Partnership is an Accredited School Centred ITT Provider with nearly 15 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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Why do schools-based training?

Our last cohort of SCITT & School Direct students are now nearing the end of their Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) ‘Induction year’ and our current cohort are fast approaching their Final Assessments for QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) , so sadly we’re no longer looking to recruit applicants wanting to start teacher training in September 2018 (UCAS opened in October 2017), but we will be recruiting again in the Autumn for places to start in September 2019 .

So why did our trainees chose schools-based training and why should you?

Do you want to:

  • go back to university and sit in a lecture theatre for days on end?
  • complete assignments to prove that you know how to teach?
  • only see children when you are sent to a school miles from home?
  • have no real choice about where you’ll train?
  • increase your student loan debt by as much as it’s possible to borrow (£9,250)?
  • have to do (and pay for) a PGCE, when you know that you don’t really need one to become a qualified teacher?
No? – Neither did our trainees!
Or would you rather:
  • train to teach in a school environment?
  • have a choice about where you train in local schools?
  • be trained by specialist teachers who really know and understand teaching?
  • be supported to learn by experts with the most up to date teaching techniques?
  • really feel part of a school, not just a ‘visitor’ on a placement for a few weeks?
  • save over £1,800 against the cost of some courses?
  • have the choice about whether you want to do a PGCE or not, in addition to your teacher training?

Yes? – That’s why our trainees chose us and why you should too!

Please look through this website to find out more about why you should consider school-based training in a Doncaster ITT Partnership school and see how to apply for one of our programmes.

Good luck with your application!

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Teach in Doncaster 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 in October 2017, provided they are teaching in a state-funded school in a designated Local Authority (LA).

Doncaster is one of those Local Authorities!

This will therefore NOT apply if you teach in a neighboring LA that is not on the list. The only other local LAs are: Barnsley, Bradford, North East Lincolnshire & North Yorkshire.

The full list of participating Local Authorities can be found here.

This is a massive opportunity to both train in and then stay on and teach in Doncaster, so let us help you to take the first step.

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Skills Tests – How NOT to fail them!

The recent changes to Skills Tests is excellent news, but you still have to pass them, even if you do now get 3 FREE attempts and no ‘lock-out’ for 2-years if you do fail the 3rd test anymore.

Since the changes, if you had failed a 3rd test sometime over the past few years and were ‘locked-out’, you no longer have to wait for 2-years and so can reapply on UCAS and start taking tests again now. If this is YOU, we’d love to hear from you ASAP about reapplying for this year.

So clearly we’d like you all to pass the Skills Tests as soon as possible and preferably not have to pay for a test, 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.

You can complete a fully interactive online test before you attend – simply follow the instructions on the page and use this activation key: jhULiqgX

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

We run coaching sessions for applicants who have been offered a place to train with us, but other organisations also offer helpful advice or on-line guidance, such as TES – Get help preparing for the Professional Skills Tests – Register for FREE on-line sessions.

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.

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, even if you can now go back for a 4th or 5th etc. as after the 3rd test you will have to pay.

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 run coaching & support events in the Spring & Summer 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)

FREE online sessions (TES)

How to pass the Literacy test

Literacy Skills Test (spellings)

Creative Openings (Numeracy & Literacy support)

QTS Skills Tests

Good luck with your Skills Tests!

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*** Financial support while you Train ***

Find out about the ITT Bursaries, Scholarships and School Direct (Salaried) grants for the academic year 2018 to 2019 at: www.gov.uk / Get Into Teaching.

Get up to £32,000 to train to teach!

And you may be entitled to Additional Financial Support while you train.

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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Scholarships from £28,000 – £32,000

Apply for a Scholarship for 2018/19: 

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.

*As Doncaster is an ‘Opportunity Area’, this is increased to £15k (i.e. £7,500 in each of your 3rd and 5th years in teaching).

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*** Get more in Doncaster as an Opportunity Area ***

The former Secretary of State for Education, The Rt Hon Justine Greening MP, included Doncaster on a list of 12 new ‘Opportunity Areas‘ in 2017 (See an extract of her speech below).

But first, what it might mean to YOU!

A number of financial support initiatives have now been launched with an enhanced Maths bursary for training to teach in Doncaster and a scheme for having your student loans repaid (for up to 10-years!) whilst you teach in a Doncaster school (certain subjects).

So it’s never been a better time to train to teach in Doncaster with so much additional focus and support coming into the Borough:

  • now a DfE designated ‘Opportunity Area’;
  • access to the DfE’s TLIF funding, and;
  • the creation of a DfE – EEF ‘Research School’.

Be part of our journey and benefit from the renewed focus on improving Educational outcomes for pupils in Doncaster.

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In a speech in January 2017 the then Secretary of State for Education said:

“Opportunity areas will help local children get the best start in life, no matter what their background. Ensuring all children can access high-quality education at every stage is critical. We will focus not just on what we can do to help inside schools, but also create the opportunities outside school that will raise sights and broaden horizons for young people.”

“Increased DfE opportunity area funding of £72 million will support local education providers and communities to address the biggest challenges in the 12 areas, and the opportunity areas will have priority access to other DfE support including the Teaching and Leadership Innovation Fund [TLIF] worth £75 million, focused on supporting teachers and school leaders in challenging areas to develop.”

“A new £3.5 million programme, with £1.5 million coming from DfE and £2 million from the Education Endowment Foundation [EEF], will support the creation of a research school for each opportunity area. These schools will lead the development and dissemination of evidence-led practice in local schools.”

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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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Applying for Student Loans

All our tuition-fee paying courses (SCITT & School Direct*) require trainees to apply for fees from the Student Loans Company (SLC) / Student Finance England (SFE)

Please watch this 1 minute film which helps explain student finance and the application process or go to the Student Finance Zone or watch the ‘Getting Paid’ video on YouTube.

To apply for tuition-fees and see what other loans you may be eligible for, please go to the DfE’s Student Finance – Log-in

To register for a tuition-fee loan please go to: www.slc.co.uk and search for the ‘Doncaster ITT Partnership’ then you can select from one of two courses with SLC, either:

  • ‘QTS ONLY’ (£7,400) – SLC Course Code: 664647, or;
  • ‘QTS plus PGCE’ (£8,600) – SLC Course Code: 664650 – (See below for details)*.

To apply you need to search for the ‘Doncaster ITT Partnership’ then it should give you the two Course options (above). Do NOT enter any other description (i.e. ‘Primary SCITT’, ‘Maths’ etc.) as these will NOT allow your application to be correctly processed. You do NOT need the UCAS course code to apply for a loan on SLC.

*NB – Please note that the ‘PGCE’ refers to the programme offered by University of Hull who provide this additional qualification to Doncaster ITT Partnership trainees – please do NOT apply for a tuition-fee with the University of Hull.

Good luck arranging your student loans!

*NB – School Direct (Salaried) trainees do not need to apply for tuition-fees

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