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

Need to talk to someone about your application?

Drop in flyer (Oct 2020)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 ‘Drop-in’ sessions:

2020

‘Contact Us’ to book a time slot between 10am and 4pm on:

    • Tue 20th Oct – 1pm onwards only (am now fully booked)
    • Tue 10th Nov – Still available
    • Wed 25th Nov
    •  Tue 8th Dec
    • Wed 16th Dec

Or we have a live stream Information Event with Q&A session on Wed 4th Nov from 4:30pm, so please Book a Place  if you would like to attend.

ITT Events Flyer (Oct 2020)

We’ll have more events after Christmas, so please check back here for dates and venues

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.

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

We look forward to seeing you!

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Previous Events:

  • Wed 14th Oct 2020

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.

  

Thu 19th Nov 2020 – 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 event is:

  • On: Thu 19th Nov 2020
  • From: 4 – 6pm

Find out more and book to attend: HERE

 

A few of the Teach Yorkshire Team at a event last year!

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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*** 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;
  • English;
  • Geography;
  • History;
  • Physical Education – 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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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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*** Train to Teach in Yorkshire – York (Mon 23rd Nov 2020) ***

This Autumn the DfE are holding virtual events rather than physical events.

So to find out more about university and local schools-based teacher training in Yorkshire and to discuss your application to the Doncaster ITT Partnership, visit us at the DfE’s Train to Teach Events to help you to Teach Yorkshire!

  

We’ll be at:

  • The virtual event in York (details tbc) on Mon 23rd Nov 2020 between 4.30 – 7:30pm

Who are these events for?

These on-line events are designed for anyone who is interested in teaching – particularly those who are considering starting their teacher training in September 2021. 

 What to expect:

If you attend an on-line event you’ll be able to:

  • discuss the different university & local schools-based teacher training options available, to help you decide which would best suit you;
  • ‘meet’ representatives from universities and our own & other local schools-based deliverers of teacher training in this area, and find out about courses and entry requirements;
  • receive advice on submitting a successful DfE Apply (or 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.

To register for your FREE place, keep an eye out for updates on the DfE website for:

  • York – Mon 23rd Nov 2020 (4:30 – 7:30pm)*

*NB – this is not yet advertised on the DfE website

So Save the Date’ and we’ll look forward to ‘seeing’ you there – well ok not IN York, but on screen from the warmth of your home!

But if you can’t wait to see us at one of these events, then please see watch out for our on-line ‘Drop-in’ sessions and ‘come along’ to discuss your application for teacher training in Doncaster.

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

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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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What will happen to my Application?

Once you apply, if your application is short-listed**:

Primary – you will be asked to select areas of the Borough that you would prefer to be trained in, if you have a preference. Then Partner schools in that area(s) will consider your application and hopefully contact you to arrange an online interview & assessment to discuss your application.

Secondary – applicants that schools wish to consider will be contacted by a Partner school and invited to ‘attend’ an on-line interview & assessment.

*The school that contacts you may only be hosting interviews, so may not be the same school that you would train in, if you are subsequently offered a place.

Please note we are not able to use the ‘Interview’ stage on the UCAS system as our Partner schools and academies will arrange individual interviews themselves, so your application may still be shown as ‘Referred’, but actually may still be being considered by schools.

Please see our Blog post on ‘Hotmail’ as you may be missing an email from us or a school with important information -i.e. an invitation to interview.

All ‘Offers’ will show as ‘Conditional’ as they are subject to the usual clearances and checks, but will be changed to ‘Unconditional’ once all these (inc. the DBS checks and Skills Tests etc.) have been completed.

If you’re not sure what’s happening email us: ittpartnership@doncaster.gov.uk

**On behalf of the schools, if your application is not short-listed – it will be ‘Rejected’ on the DfE ‘Apply’ system (or UCAS) by the Partnership.

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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 after Sep 2020 will no longer have to pass the two Professional 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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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 are also now offering  an on-line facility.

Their contact email is: info@equivalencytesting.com

Alternatively, 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.

 

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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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 2020-21):

  • ‘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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