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Helpful hints to make your application run more smoothly

*** 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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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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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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Skills Tests – Practice, Practice, Practice

Worried about taking the Skills Tests?

Do you feel that you need extra help and advice before taking the Numeracy or Literacy Skills Tests?

Remember whilst you can do the on-line practice tests as many times as you like, you only have three attempts at passing each of the actual tests and will have to wait for 2-years before you can retake them, if you fail on the third attempt!

Several of our current and former trainees have used on-line help/practice websites and the one most recommend for helping them pass their Numeracy test is: Numeracy Ready although there are other websites, publications and on-line resources which may help if you feel that you need additional support.

We’re planning to deliver some training sessions early in the Spring Term and will let applicants who have been offered places know the dates of these. We also get a 20% discount for ‘Numeracy Ready’ so can pass that on to applicants who have accepted a place with us.

So make sure you’re ready to take the test BEFORE you book in at a test centre.

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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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