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Find out more about schools-based teacher training

*** We’ll be reopening for applications on 5th October 2021***

All of our 2021-22 courses are now CLOSED

To apply for Schools-based ITT in Doncaster for 2022-23:

Applications will open again on Tue 12th Oct 2021, so please go to the DfE’s Find Postgraduate Teacher Training” (open from 5th Oct 2021) to search for training places, then (from 12th Oct 2021) go to the DfE ‘Apply’ system (or www.UCAS.com) to apply for SCITT & School Direct places with the Doncaster ITT Partnership  for 2022-23.

 

Search for ‘Doncaster‘ then, for:

SCITT – ‘Doncaster ITT Partnership’ (Primary & Secondary)

Or for School Direct:

Primary* – ‘Doncaster Partners in Learning Alliance’
Secondary – ‘Doncaster Regional Alliance For Teacher Training Secondary’ (‘DRAFTTS’)

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We’ve not yet had confirmation of our allocated places for 2022-23, but we will be  especially interested in receiving applications for certain ‘Priority‘ Secondary subject areas that offer a Bursary Grant or Scholarship (tbc by the DfE for 2022-23):

  • Physics;
  • Chemistry;
  • Computing;
  • Mathematics.

And:

  • Modern Languages:
    • French & Spanish – possibly German, if with Spanish / French
  • Biology

We will also be looking to fill a number of Secondary subjects (in addition to the above) that do not have a Bursary (tbc by the DfE for 2022-23), inc:

  • Art & Design;
  • Business Studies;
  • Dance;
  • Design Technology (esp. Resistant Materials);
  • Drama;
  • English;
  • Geography;
  • History;
  • Music;
  • Physical Education – see notes below* ;
  • Religious Education;
  • Social Science.

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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Why do you want to be a teacher?

Over 80% of all applicants say that the reason they want to be a teacher is because they “enjoy working with children and young people”

They also “want to make a difference” and have “variety” where “every day is different”.

Most were “inspired by a teacher(s) at school”

Almost all because they love my subject” and they want to “have fun!”

Is this you?

Yes?

. . .  then go to the DfE’s Get Into Teaching  website, search for ‘Doncaster’ and look forward to enjoying working in a profession that really does make a difference.

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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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How much do Early Career Teachers earn?

A. Over £25,700 in their first year!

That compares favorably to almost every Graduate post in the UK and exceeds many.

But clearly it’s not all about the money.

“Although [these] incomes vary between degree disciplines, it’s important to remember that there is no point earning £40,000 a year as a barrister if you don’t enjoy doing it. Pick your job according to your passion and if you work hard enough at it, you will end up with a healthy salary!”

– Mariclaire White writing in Save the Student (2015)

So if ‘your passion’ is to teach, then train with us.

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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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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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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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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. also offer an on-line facility – their contact email is: info@equivalencytesting.com

Or we’ve heard good things about as do Maths Made Easy, who despite their name also do English & Science/Biology equivalency tests as well.

Alternatively, please enter an internet search for ‘Equivalency Testing‘  and select which organisation’s course you wish to apply to as these are just a selection that former applicants have recommend to us.

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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