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Find out more about schools-based teacher training

In the words of an ex-trainee . . .

This is an extract from an email that one of our former Secondary trainees sent us, to let us know how he was getting on as a Newly Qualified Teacher:

“The high expectations you have instilled into me are still present and I try to make sure everybody else keeps up to the same high expectations.”

“My confidence has really grown and whilst behaviour can be tough to handle and days can be long and hard – I’m still reminded that I can become a really good teacher.”

“I compare my training with trainees who go through the university route and I can safely assure you DRAFTTS* sounds a lot better and a lot more useful. I walked out of that knowing that I was given the tools to begin teaching and have since flourished. A lot of other NQTs don’t feel the same when starting.”

That’s why he applied for schools-based ITT in Doncaster!

*DRAFTTS – Doncaster Regional Alliance For Teacher Training Secondary

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Why do schools-based training?

Even with schools’ closed’, our last cohort of SCITT & School Direct students are now nearing the end of  their Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) ‘Induction’ and our current cohort are fast approaching the end of training year (still learning at home), so that means that we’ve been recruiting  applicants wanting to start teacher training in September 2020 for quite a while now (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 (QTS Only)?
  • 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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*** Get more in Doncaster as an Opportunity Area ***

The former Secretary of State for Education, The Rt Hon Justine Greening MP, included Doncaster on a list of 12 new ‘Opportunity Areas‘ in 2017 (See an extract of her speech below).

But first, what it might mean to YOU!

A number of financial support initiatives have been launched with an enhanced Maths bursary for training to teach in Doncaster and a scheme for having your student loans repaid (for up to 10-years!) whilst you teach in a Doncaster school (certain subjects).

So it’s never been a better time to train to teach in Doncaster with so much additional focus and support coming into the Borough:

  • now a DfE designated ‘Opportunity Area’;
  • access to the DfE’s TLIF funding, and;
  • the creation of a DfE – EEF ‘Research School’.

Be part of our journey and benefit from the renewed focus on improving Educational outcomes for pupils in Doncaster.

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In a speech in January 2017 the then Secretary of State for Education said:

“Opportunity areas will help local children get the best start in life, no matter what their background. Ensuring all children can access high-quality education at every stage is critical. We will focus not just on what we can do to help inside schools, but also create the opportunities outside school that will raise sights and broaden horizons for young people.”

“Increased DfE opportunity area funding of £72 million will support local education providers and communities to address the biggest challenges in the 12 areas, and the opportunity areas will have priority access to other DfE support including the Teaching and Leadership Innovation Fund [TLIF] worth £75 million, focused on supporting teachers and school leaders in challenging areas to develop.”

“A new £3.5 million programme, with £1.5 million coming from DfE and £2 million from the Education Endowment Foundation [EEF], will support the creation of a research school for each opportunity area. These schools will lead the development and dissemination of evidence-led practice in local schools.”

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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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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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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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How much do Newly Qualified Teachers earn?

A. Over £24,300 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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