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School Experience Days in Doncaster

Are YOU interested in training to teach in Doncaster, but YOU want to get a taste of what it’s really like in a school before applying?

If so, please let us know which of the following dates best suits YOU and we’ll organise for YOU to spend some time in a Doncaster School:

 Primary:

Secondary:

*tbc – Dates will be notified once agreed with schools

We can offer YOU experience across Primary: Early Years, Key Stages 1 & 2 or Secondary: Key Stages 3, 4 (GCSE) & 5 (6th Form), so to Register for an initial day’s school experience contact us as soon as possible via the ‘Contact Us

Someone who came along to a recent Experience Day (and who has now applied to us!) said:

“I’d just like to say thank you for having me over for the two experience days at the start of the week. It was a very positive experience and I learned a lot more about [the school], the ITT Partnership, and the subject as a whole. The ITT Partnership is my first choice for when my application gets sent very shortly, so perhaps we’ll meet again!”

 

Tue 31st March 2020 – Teach Yorkshire 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:

  • On: Tue 31st March 2020
  • From: 4 – 6pm
  • At: Education House, Spawd Bone Lane, Knottingley, WF11 0EP

Find out more and book to attend: HERE

 

A few of the Teach Yorkshire Team at a recent 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 Delta – we look forward to seeing you there!

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Get into Teaching – South Yorkshire Event (4 – 7pm – Wed 26th Feb 2020)

If you want to Get into Teaching in South Yorkshire, then come along to this prestigious event on Wednesday 26th February 2020, 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 knowledgeable speakers from the Education sector, with support talks on: applying, finance, school experience, subject talks (Early Years, Primary, Secondary, Post 16 & Further Education), alongside representation from teacher training providers in South Yorkshire.

Register to attend HERE, book onto the ‘Talks‘ and download a Schedule for the evening.

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.

Can’t make the 26th Feb? We’re having another event on Wed 20th May 2020 – Pre-Register your interest HERE

‘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).

 

 

*** ‘Drop-in’ sessions and School Experience Days 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  or centre  ‘Drop-in’ sessions,  ‘Open Days’ or local Teaching Events:

2020

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

*School Experience Days – Please contact the Partnership to book a place as numbers attending are limited and only open to pre-registration – See separate Blog.

Spring Term Events

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 School Experience 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!

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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 was on 27th Nov 2019!) and our own Teach Yorkshire’ Events, which are held in Sheffield, Rotherham, Doncaster & Barnsley .

  

*** Train to Teach in South Yorkshire – Sheffield (Tue 24th March 2020) ***

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 Event to help you to Teach Yorkshire!

  

Attend:

  • The Mercure Sheffield St. Paul’s Hotel on Tuesday 24th March 2020 between 4.30 – 8pm

ITT Events Flyer (Spring 2020)

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 event is FREE, and by attending, you can get all your questions about teaching and teacher training answered

Register for your free place today at:

  • 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 ‘Drop-in‘ sessions and school ‘Open Days’ 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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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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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 next  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!

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 a visit to a school* to discuss your application or invite you to attend an interview.

Secondary – applicants that schools wish to consider will be contacted by a Partner school and invited in for interview.

*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 UCAS by the Partnership.

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Why do schools-based training?

Our last cohort of SCITT & School Direct students are now off and running with their Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) ‘Induction’ and our current cohort are fast approaching the end of their 1st term,  so that means we’re already recruiting  applicants wanting to start teacher training in September 2020 (UCAS opened in October 2019).

So why did our trainees chose schools-based training and why should you? Do you want to:

  • go back to university and sit in a lecture theatre for days on end?
  • complete assignments to prove that you know how to teach?
  • only see children when you are sent to a school miles from home?
  • have no real choice about where you’ll train?
  • increase your student loan debt by as much as it’s possible to borrow (£9,250)?
  • have to do (and pay for) a PGCE, when you know that you don’t really need one to become a qualified teacher?
No? – Neither did our trainees!
Or would you rather:
  • train to teach in a school environment?
  • have a choice about where you train in local schools?
  • be trained by specialist teachers who really know and understand teaching?
  • be supported to learn by experts with the most up to date teaching techniques?
  • really feel part of a school, not just a ‘visitor’ on a placement for a few weeks?
  • save over £1,300 against the cost of some courses?
  • have the choice about whether you want to do a PGCE or not, in addition to your teacher training?

Yes? – That’s why our trainees chose us and why you should too!

Please look through this website to find out more about why you should consider school-based training in a Doncaster ITT Partnership school and see how to apply for one of our programmes.

Good luck with your application!

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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 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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