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;
- 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
The Doncaster ITT Partnership is an Accredited School Centred ITT Provider with nearly 15 years experience of delivering ‘Outstanding Trainee Attainment’ (Ofsted 2012); 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 far less than most ITT courses.
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Our last cohort of SCITT & School Direct students are now nearing the end of their Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) ‘Induction year’ and our current cohort are fast approaching their Final Assessments for QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) , so sadly we’re no longer looking to recruit applicants wanting to start teacher training in September 2018 (UCAS opened in October 2017), but we will be recruiting again in the Autumn for places to start in September 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 £1,800 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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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.
Exciting opportunity for ITT and NQT Mentors in all Doncaster schools
PiL – Enhance your mentoring skills
Partners in Learning – Teaching School Alliance & the Doncaster ITT Partnership are working in collaboration with Sheffield Hallam University to offer FREE online Mentor training and accreditation.
Mentors have a key role supporting the professional development of Trainees and Newly Qualified Teachers and this programme has been designed to further support your development and provide accreditation for the significant expertise and skills that Mentors have.
All Doncaster Mentors were invited to the launch of the online programme at Castle Park on Tuesday 20th Nov 2018, where we were delighted that Richard Pountney from Sheffield Hallam University delivered the session.
But don;t worry if you weren’t able to make that event, you can still apply to join the on-line programme.
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.
* 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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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 now 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.
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.”
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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Would you like to ask a panel of specialists the questions that matter to you in one of the Department for Education (DfE) ‘real-time’ Online Events ? Whether you want general guidance or advice tailored to your circumstances, these online teaching events offer a convenient way to discuss a range of topics related to teacher training.
Recently held events included a series focused on getting into teaching which are still available on the DfE archive, inc. events on:
These archived events were interactive sessions that offered a convenient way to engage directly with a panel of specialist advisers across a range of topics, but you can see the questions which were asked and answered about what mattered to other potential trainee teachers.
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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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A. Over £22,000 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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