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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 come along and see us at one of our school  / centre ‘Open Day’ / ‘Drop-in’ sessions or local Events:

2019

2020

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

Although it does help us to know (by email) if you are coming to a ‘Drop-in’ session, there’s no need to book a slot (only for ‘Open Days’) so please just turn up at the school’s or centre’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!

Meadowhall Event (2)  

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Previous Events:

  • Thu 24th Oct (4 – 5:30pm) – Open EveningMary Woollett Centre, Danum Road, Doncaster, DN4 5HF
  • Sat 9th Nov (10am – 12 pm)- Teach Yorkshire – Adwick IOE

Also look out for other posts with details of the DfE (Department for Education) ‘Train to Teach Roadshows’ taking place in the Region (Doncaster’s is on 27th Nov 2019!) and our own Teach Yorkshire’ Events, which are held in Sheffield, Rotherham, Doncaster & Barnsley .

  

*** Financial support while you Train ***

Find out about the ITT Bursaries, Scholarships and School Direct (Salaried) grants for the academic year 2020 – 21 at the Department for Education (DfE): Get Into Teaching website.

Get up to £28,000 (TAX FREE) to train to teach – and then possibly some more!

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

The DfE provided bursary awards for 2020-21 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:

  •  £28,000 Scholarship or £26,000 Bursary in ‘high-priority’ subjects for Trainees with a 1st, 2:1, 2:2, PhD or Master’s for:
    • Mathematics
    • Physics
    • Chemistry
    • Languages (Scholarships for French, Spanish & German ONLY)
      • All of the above subjects also have three additional payments each of £2k after the 2nd, 3rd & 4th year in teaching (*see below as ‘Doncaster’ gives you even more!).
    • Computing – £28,000 Scholarship or £26,000 Bursary
    • Geography – £17,000 Scholarship or £15,000 Bursary

And for a 1st, 2:1, 2:2, PhD or Master’s, other subjects have Bursaries of:

    • Biology – £26,000
    • Design & Technology (D&T) – £15,000
    • English – £12,000 
  •  £9,000  for:
    • History
    • Music
    • Business Studies
    • Art & Design
    • RE

*An increased incremental amount of an additional £1,000 will be available for Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry & Languages in the 2nd, 3rd & 4th year of teaching (i.e. £3,000 in each of these years): “to encourage the best teachers to teach in more challenging schools”. Teaching in Doncaster will entitle you to this increased amount.

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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*** Train to Teach in South Yorkshire – Sheffield (Tue 5th Nov 2019) ***

Have you ever wanted to be on Question Time?

This will be similar, getting your questions answered by a panel of ITT ‘specialists’ (mainly!)  – as our ITT Partnership Manager is on the Panel!

So, to find out more about local university and schools-based teacher training in South Yorkshire and to discuss your application , visit the DfE’s Train to Teach – Question Time Event to help you to Teach Yorkshire!

  

Attend:

  • The Mercure Sheffield St. Paul’s Hotel on Tuesday 5th November 2019 between 4.30 – 8pm

Who are these events for?

These events are designed for anyone who is interested in teaching – particularly those who are considering starting their teacher training in September 2020. 

 What to expect:

Registration for this Train to Teach: Question Time event is FREE, and by attending, you can get all your questions about teaching and teacher training answered

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

But if you can’t wait to see someone at this event, then please see all of our school ‘Open Days‘ (tbc) or come to our Open Evening on 24th Oct from 4pm so come along to discuss your application for teacher training in Doncaster.

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

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Sat 9th Nov – Teach Yorkshire – Doncaster Information Event

As one of the founding members of the Teach Yorkshire 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 event is:

 

A few of the Teach Yorkshire Team at our last event!

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, so chose which 3 best suit your schools-based training needs with Teach Yorkshire.

A big thank you to our hosts and fellow Teach Yorkshire colleagues at Outwood IoE – we look forward to seeing you there!

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Train to Teach in South Yorkshire – Doncaster (Wed 27th Nov 2019)

   

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

We’ll be at:

The Mercure Doncaster Centre, Danum Hotel, High Street, Doncaster, DN1 1DN , from 4.30 – 7:30pm on Wed 27th Nov 2019

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 teacher training in September 2020. 

 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 practicing 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 if not before!

And, if you can’t get to the Sheffield Get into Teaching – Question Time event on Nov 5th 2019 and you can’t wait to see us at this event in Doncaster on 27th Nov, then please see all of our school / centre ‘Open Days‘ and come along to discuss your application for teacher training in Doncaster.

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

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Talk to your Referees now!

Don’t let the leaves fall while you wait for a reference to come through!

The UCAS recruitment 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 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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Fundamental English & Mathematics Criteria replacing Skills Tests

First the good news – the DfE announced in July 2019, that applicants for teacher training starting in Sep 2020 will no longer have to pass the two Skills Tests. However all trainee teachers will now be required to demonstrate that they meet ‘Fundamental English & mathematics’ criteria.

ITT Providers will continue to ‘test’ applicants for their numeracy & literacy skills to determine that all teachers are able to demonstrate competence  in the following areas:

  • Speaking, listening and communicating are fundamental to a teacher’s role;
  • Teachers should use standard English grammar, clear pronunciation and vocabulary relevant to the situation to convey instructions, questions, information, concepts and ideas with clarity;
  • Teachers should read fluently and with good understanding;
  • Writing by teachers will be seen by colleagues, pupils and parents and, as such, it is important that a teacher’s writing reflects the high standards of accuracy their professional role demands;
  • They should write clearly, accurately, legibly and coherently using correct spelling and punctuation;
  • Teachers should use data and graphs to interpret information, identify patterns and trends and draw appropriate conclusions;
  • They need to interpret pupil data and understand statistics and graphs in the news, academic reports and relevant papers;
  • Teachers should be able to complete mathematical calculations fluently with whole numbers, fractions, decimals and percentages;
  • They should be able to solve mathematical problems using a variety of methods and approaches including: estimating and rounding, sense checking answers, breaking down problems into simpler steps and explaining and justifying answers using appropriate language.

Further official guidance can be found here

We’re really looking forward to deleting this post and never having to mention Skills Tests ever again!!

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Need help with your application?

Are YOU ready to apply, but are struggling a bit with your personal statement?

Maybe YOU just need some final guidance around the interview process?

You’ve still plenty of time to submit your UCAS application to start your Teacher Training this September and we’re keen to make sure that YOU have the resources YOU need to apply this year. However, as the year progresses  some subjects will fill their places and we’ll have to close for any more applications.

The Department for Education (DfE) Get into Teaching Events team is planning to host some FREE application workshops, where YOU will:

  • have access to one to one advice from experts who will show YOU ways to maximise the impact of your application;
  • be able to get feedback on your personal statement and advice around the application process.

So go to the Get into Teaching website and register for your nearest Application Workshop in Yorkshire.

Or if you’re a career changer looking to get into teaching then perhaps go to the Transition to Teach website and apply for additional support with your application.

Then when you’re ready to apply, go to the DfE’s ‘Find a Postgraduate Teacher Training Course’, choose the Doncaster ITT Partnership and two others from Teach Yorkshire , then link through to UCAS  to apply.

Make your application STAND OUT!

Good luck with your applications!

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 enter an internet search for ‘Equivalency Testing‘  and select which organisation’s course you wish to apply to.

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

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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 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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