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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.

Coronavirus (Covid-19) UPDATE

 

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

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

This is due to on-going ‘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 moved it’s Get into Teaching  Events on line and there were at local events for Doncaster, Sheffield & York which we attended .

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: 19th May 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 – now CLOSED

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 (now CLOSED) – see notes below* ;
  • Religious Education – now CLOSED;

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.

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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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/after 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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How do we compare?

The Department for Education’s (DfE) performance data for ITT Providers (July 2019) shows that the Doncaster ITT Partnership is:

  • In the Top 10 Providers in the Yorkshire & Humber Region;
  • Ranked higher than all but one University!;
  • 3rd (by just 2%!) for trainee attainment in South Yorkshire overall;
  • 2nd for Primary attainment in South Yorkshire;
  • 2nd (by just 1%*) for Secondary attainment in South Yorkshire.

NB* – That’s just 1% behind a Russell Group University!

We’re proud to be doing so well, but we’re not complacent and we’re aiming to be No. 1 in South Yorkshire and to be in the Top 5 in Y&H

Watch this space!

 

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 over time;
  • 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 less than most ITT courses.

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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 (for 2021-22):

  • ‘QTS ONLY’ (£7,950) or;
  • ‘QTS plus PGCE’  (£9,150) – (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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Are you considering a ‘career change’?

The DfE advisory service is to encourage second year undergraduates and career changers who want to teach a ‘priority subject’, but are not ready to apply this recruitment year.

The DfE has recruited a number of specialist advisers who will provide a dedicated one-to-one support service, which aims to help candidates to chose the right teaching route, providing help and support with their ‘application journey’.

To access this service, please register with the Get into Teaching site

Good luck with your applications!

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*** 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!

 

 

 

Which schools are involved?

The Doncaster ITT Partnership is a genuinely ‘schools-led’ partnership of Primary, Secondary and Special Schools, Academies and Pupil Referral Units (PRUs) all working within either a Primary or Secondary phase ‘Alliance’ to deliver Initial Teacher Training.

These Alliances form the Partnership along with Education, Finance and HR specialists at Doncaster Council and tutors from local universities / colleges.

Primary: ‘Partners in Learning‘ – Doncaster Teaching School Alliance

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Secondary: ‘Doncaster Regional Alliance For Teacher Training secondary’ (DRAFTTs)

Each phase has a ‘Lead School‘ that coordinates the recruitment and training for their Alliance and each has representatives who form the Partnership’s Strategic Management Board, which is Chaired and led by Primary and Secondary school colleagues.

Working collaboratively between Primary & Secondary to share resources and expertise, trainees are able to gain learning experiences in a number of local, different context settings.

Doncaster’s Primary & Secondary Schools, Academies and PRUs are supporting our trainee teachers, with most of the training delivered in-school by outstanding classroom practitioners who can relate to and train others in the very latest initiatives in Education.

Schools aren’t therefore just ‘in partnership with’ an accredited ITT Provider; they ARE the Doncaster ITT Partnership – Led by and run for schools in the Doncaster area.

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