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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.

Sat 24th Apr 2021 – Teach Yorkshire Information Event

As one of the founding members of the Teach Yorkshire  (Site being updated!) Network of schools-based teacher training providers, we’re really pleased to invite you to come along to one of our local Information Events.

Our next on-line events are on:

  • Sat 24th Apr (10:30am – 12pm)

Find out more and book to attend: HERE

See further details on the DfE’s Get into Teaching website

 

A few of the Teach Yorkshire Team (from 4 different providers) at a pre-Covid event – it’ll be great to all get back together again!

You’ll get the chance to meet with and discuss your application with a number of local schools-based teacher trainers offering School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) & School Direct programmes.

You can chose three providers when you apply for teacher training on UCAS or the new DfE ‘Apply‘, so chose which 3 best suit your schools-based training needs with Teach Yorkshire.

A big thank you to all of our fellow Teach Yorkshire colleagues for helping to make this event ‘THE‘ Teacher Training event in Yorkshire – we look forward to seeing you there!

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*** ‘Drop-in’ sessions in Doncaster***

Need to talk to someone about your application?

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 let us know when its convenient for you from the following dates and we’ll arrange to ‘see’ you at one of our 1-2-1 ‘Drop-in’ sessions:

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Book a Place if you would like to attend a time slot between 10am and 4pm on:

  • Thu 22nd Apr
  • Wed 12th May

Confirmation of dates/times and details of further Drop-in Sessions will be posted here once finalised.

We’ll have more events after Easter, so please check back here for dates

If none of these are convenient for you, please let us know through the ‘Contact Us’ and we’ll try and arrange an alternative time to speak to you.

We look forward to seeing you!

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Previous Events:

2020

  • Wed 14th & Tue 20th Oct
  • Tue 10th & Wed 25th Nov
  • Tue 8th & Wed 16th Dec

2021

  • Wed 20th Jan
  • Tue 2nd Feb
  • Thu 11th  & Wed 24th Mar

Also look out for other posts with details of the DfE (Department for Education) Train to Teach Roadshows taking place in the Region and our own Teach Yorkshire on-line Events.

  

*** APPLY NOW – Applications are still OPEN ***

We are still OPEN for applications

Schools might now be closed for pupils, however we will get your application out to our Partner schools for their consideration.

You can search for course training details on the Department for Education (DfE) ‘Find’ website, then apply on the new DfE ‘Apply‘ system or on UCAS (which is being phased out, but is still live) for places to start in September 2021.

Watch a quick presentation about the new DfE – Apply and why YOU should use it to Apply to us!

Applying for Secondary? – So what do I need to know?

If you have any queries about teacher training in Doncaster then please get in touch as we’d love to discuss your application to us for next year.

Good luck with your applications!

 

 

 

Coronavirus (Covid-19) UPDATE

 

Schools ‘reopened’ to all pupils on 8th March 2021 and Lockdown restrictions have been eased.

Following  continued advice from the Government regarding the Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic, we are currently unable to plan in physical School Experience Days, ‘Drop-in’ sessions and Recruitment Events for the foreseeable future, but we holding virtual 1-2-1 on-line ‘drop-in’ sessions, so check out the dates and book a place.

This is due to ‘Social Distancing‘ rules and school restrictions on external visitors which will continue to apply for the foreseeable future, so you will still be unable to visit schools.

The DfE has moved it’s Get into Teaching  Events on line, but hasn’t planned an event for Doncaster yet, but there have been events for Sheffield & York which we attended – see post for details for when/if Doncaster is planned in.

However, the ITT Partnership Team are available to respond to any of your queries regarding how to Get Into Teaching in Doncaster.

Please continue to follow Government & NHS advice on staying safe.

UPDATED: 8th Mar 2021

*** Apply NOW for ITT places for 2021-22***

To apply for Schools-based ITT in Doncaster for 2021-22:

Applications opened on Tue 13th Oct 2020, so please go to the DfE’s Find Postgraduate Teacher Trainingto search for training places, then go to the DfE ‘Apply’ system (or www.UCAS.com) to apply for SCITT & School Direct places with the Doncaster ITT Partnership  for 2021-22.

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’ (‘DRAFTTS’)

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We’ve been allocated our places for 2021-22, so we are especially interested in receiving applications for certain ‘Priority‘ Secondary subject areas that offer a Bursary Grant or Scholarship:

  • Physics;
  • Chemistry;
  • Computing;
  • Mathematics

And:

  • Modern Languages (French & Spanish – possibly German, if with Spanish / French)
  • Biology.

We are also be looking to fill a number of Secondary subjects (in addition to the above) that do not have a Bursary, inc:

  • Art & Design;
  • Dance;
  • Design Technology (esp. Resistant Materials);
  • Drama – now CLOSED;
  • English;
  • Geography;
  • History;
  • Physical Education (limited places are still available) – see notes below* ;
  • Religious Education;

And of course:

  • Primary!
    • Teach either:
      • Foundation Stage (‘Early Years’) and Key Stage 1 (Infants);
      • or
      •  Key Stage 1 & 2 (Infants & Junior ages)

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 have again 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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*** Financial support while you Train ***

Find out about the ITT Bursaries, Scholarships and School Direct (Salaried) grants for the academic year 2021 – 22 at the Department for Education (DfE): Get Into Teaching website.

Or sign-up for the next DfE on-line Q&A Finance Information Event – 25th January 2021 from 11:30 – 13:00

Get up to £26,000 (TAX FREE) to train to teach !

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

The DfE provided bursary awards for 2021-22 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:

  •  £26,000 Scholarship or £24,000 Bursary in ‘high-priority’ subjects for Trainees with a 1st, 2:1, 2:2, PhD or Master’s for:
    • Mathematics
    • Physics
    • Chemistry
    • Computing
    • Languages £10,000
    • Biology – £,7000

Other subjects which are not otherwise listed above (e.g. Primary or PE etc.) do not have a bursary, so if you’re not sure if you’ll be eligible, please contact us to discuss your application, at:

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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.

 

Equivalency Tests:

Birmingham City University (BCU) have developed an online GCSE equivalence option which is open to trainees applying to any provider. They are offering all three GCSE equivalencies.

An applicant, who is holding an offer at an ITT provider, will pay a one-off admin fee of £25 – irrespective of the number of equivalencies needed.  They will then pay an additional fee of £75 for Maths, £75 for Science and £90 for English.

This will give access to four areas of learning, which are run as online study sessions and which the candidate must engage with before taking the test.  An applicant will have the opportunity for two tests – a first attempt and a resit.

All of the tests will be marked by experienced GCSE Examiners and subject leads to provide assurance in regards consistency.  The charges are designed to cover costs and support development only.

Full details of the service can be found here.

Equivalency Testing co. also offer an on-line facility – their contact email is: info@equivalencytesting.com

Or we’ve heard good things about as do Maths Made Easy, who despite their name also do English & Science/Biology equivalency tests as well.

Alternatively, please enter an internet search for ‘Equivalency Testing‘  and select which organisation’s course you wish to apply to as these are just a selection that former applicants have recommend to us.

Once you have passed the test, we would accept this as an equivalence to the GCSE.

 

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.

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Talk to your Referees now!

The UCAS recruitment system  (and NEW DfE ‘Apply’ system) requires applicants to nominate two Referees – one should be your current (or most recent) employer or perhaps your course tutor, if you’re still at Uni.

Whoever you nominate, we advise you to speak to them NOW if you haven’t done so already, as your application will not be able to be sent on to us from UCAS (or DfE) until both references are back in their system.

So speak to them NOW so that they can agree to provide a reference, know to look out for a reference request for you soon and understand how important it is to you that they complete it as soon as possible.

Good luck with your applications!

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*** PGCE with the University of Hull ***

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PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate of Education)

From September 2021, the Doncaster ITT Partnership are delighted to once again be working with the University of Hull to enable SCITT & School Direct trainee teachers to progress through a programme of part-time study to level 7 and to the award of PGCE, in addition to achieving Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

We are delighted to be able to offer this additional optional, internationally recognised, postgraduate qualification for trainees who may wish to achieve the PGCE in its own right or perhaps as the first step towards a Masters in Education.

 Trainees do not have to complete the PGCE in addition to their QTS training, but most do and we would urge all applicants to seriously consider completing this programme, as it will enhance their teacher training and is an internationally recognised teaching qualification when achieved with QTS.

All PGCE training is delivered in Doncaster by specialist tutors from Partnership schools & academies, the Local Authority and by the University of Hull.

 Further details are available on request or see links on this website.

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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 £9,250 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 18 years experience of delivering Outstanding Trainee  Attainment (Ofsted 2018); 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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