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Helpful hints to make your application run more smoothly

*** 24th Oct 2019 – ITT Application Information Event ***

Are you considering applying for teacher training to start in September 2020?

If so, we’re holding an Application  Information Event

On: Thursday 24th October 2019

From: 4pm – 5.30pm (please arrive for 4pm at the latest)

At: Mary Woollett Centre, Danum Road, Doncaster, DN4 5HF

You are invited to attend this event to find out more about:

  • the application and  selection process;
  • bursaries, grants and tuition-fees etc.;
  • the schools involved in Doncaster;
  • and whether schools-based training is right for you.

No appointment is necessary, just turn up to find out about Schools-based Initial Teacher Training in Doncaster

The UCAS system opened for 2020-21 applications on 8th October 2019, so this event will help prepare you to submit your application.

Go to the DfE’s (Department for Education) ‘Find postgraduate teacher training courses‘ system to search for places with us, at either:

  • Doncaster ITT Partnership (Primary & Secondary)
  • Doncaster Partners in Learning TSA (Teaching School Alliance) – Primary
  • Doncaster Regional Alliance For Teacher Training Secondary (‘DRAFTTS’)

 

We look forward to seeing you on the 24th October!

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

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) and 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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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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Get into Teaching – South Yorkshire Event (Sat 12th oct 2019)

If you want to Get into Teaching in South Yorkshire, then come along to this prestigious event on Saturday 12th October 2019, hosted at Sheffield Hallam University, Charles Street Building, Sheffield, S1 2NH

This event is for anyone considering applying for teacher training in the Region who wants to find out more about the different routes into teaching, funding, qualifications and how & when to apply.

There will be high profile speakers from the Education sector, support talks on applying, finance, school experience, skills tests, subject talks (Early Years, Primary, Secondary, Post 16 & Further Education), alongside representation from ALL of the teacher training providers in South Yorkshire.

Book onto the ‘Talks’ and download a Schedule for the day.

In addition, there will be a ‘Get into Teaching – Advice Zone’ providing objective, one-to-one advice and guidance for those looking to go into teaching.

‘Get into Teaching – in South Yorkshire’  is a collaborative event involving South Yorkshire Futures, Sheffield Hallam University, the University of Sheffield, Doncaster ITT Partnership, Sheffield SCITT, the National Modern Languages SCITT and it is supported by the Department for Education (DfE).

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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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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