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Support for your application and Skills Tests

*** ‘Drop-in’ sessions 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  / centre ‘Open Day’ / ‘Drop-in’ sessions or local Events:

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Confirmation of dates/times and details of further Open Days will be posted here once finalised.

Although it does help us to know (by email) if you are coming, there’s no need to book a slot at an open day / drop-in session, 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 and our own Teach Yorkshire’ Events, which are held in Sheffield, Rotherham, Doncaster & Barnsley .

*** Train to Teach in South Yorkshire – Sheffield (Thu 15th Nov 2018) ***

To find out more about local university and schools-based teacher training in South Yorkshire and to discuss your application to the Doncaster ITT Partnership, visit us at the DfE’s Train to Teach Event to help you to Teach Yorkshire!

  

We’ll be at:

  • The Mercure Sheffield St. Paul’s Hotel on Thursday 15th November 2018 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 2019. 

 What to expect:

If you attend an event you’ll be able to:

  • discuss the different university & local schools-based teacher training options available, to help you decide which would best suit you;
  • meet representatives from universities and our own & other local schools-based deliverers of teacher training in this area, and find out about courses and entry requirements;
  • receive advice on submitting a successful UCAS application;
  • talk to practising teachers, including those who have changed career to teach, about what a career as a teacher is really like;
  • find out about bursaries, scholarships and funding available for teacher training.

Register for your free place today at:

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So ‘Save the Date(s) and we’ll look forward to seeing you there!

But if you can’t wait to see us at one of these events, then please see all of our school ‘Open Days‘ (tbc) and come along to discuss your application for teacher training in Doncaster.

We look forward to meeting you at one of these these events.

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*** Apply NOW – Search for ITT places for 2019-20***

To apply for Schools-based ITT in Doncaster for 2019-20:

Please go to the DfE’s Find Postgraduate Teacher Training” to search for training places, then go to www.UCAS.com to apply for SCITT & School Direct places with the Doncaster ITT Partnership  for 2019-20.

Search for ‘Doncaster‘ then, for:

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

Or for School Direct:

Primary* – ‘Doncaster Partners in Learning Teaching School Alliance’
Secondary – ‘Doncaster Regional Alliance For Teacher Training Secondary’ (‘DRAFTTS’)
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We’ve been allocated our places for 2019-20, so we are especially interested in receiving applications for certain ‘Priority‘ Secondary subject areas:

  • Physics;
  • Chemistry;
  • Computing;
  • Design Technology (esp. Resistant Materials);
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Languages (French & Spanish – possibly German, if with Spanish / French);
  • Geography.

And we are also be looking to fill a number of Secondary subjects (in addition to the above) inc:

  • Art & Design;
  • Biology;
  • Dance;
  • Drama;
  • English;
  • History;
  • Physical Education – see notes below*;
  • Religious Education (Not yet open for applications);
  • Social Science;

And of course:

  • Primary!

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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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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*** Train to Teach in South Yorkshire – Doncaster (13th March 2019) ***

 

 

 

To find out more about schools-based teacher training in South Yorkshire and to discuss your application to the Doncaster ITT Partnership, visit us at the next Train to Teach Event in Doncaster, organised by the Department for Education (DfE).

We’ll be at:

The Mercure Doncaster Centre, Danum Hotel, High Street, Doncaster, DN1 1DN , from 4.30 – 8pm on 13th March 2019

Who is this event for?

This event is designed for anyone who has a degree and is interested in teaching – particularly those who are considering starting their teacher training in September 2019. 

 What to expect:

If you attend the event you’ll be able to:

  • discuss the different teacher training options available, to help you decide which would best suit you;
  • meet representatives from our own and other schools/universities that deliver teacher training in this area, and find out about their courses and entry requirements;
  • receive advice on submitting a successful UCAS application;
  • talk to practising teachers, including those who have changed career to teach, about what a career as a teacher is really like;
  • find out about bursaries, scholarships and funding available for teacher training.

AND . . . . (hopefully) you’ll be able to attend a Get into Teaching Skills Workshop (at the Mecure, probbaly from 2.30pm – 4.30pm), so register for a place once they’ve confirmed details of the event.

Register for your free place today at: Train to Teach

 So ‘Save the Date’ and we’ll look forward to seeing you there if not before!

And, if you can’t get to the upcoming York or Sheffield Get into Teaching events and you can’t wait to see us at this event in Doncaster next March, then please see all of our school / centre ‘Open Days‘ and come along to discuss your application for teacher training in Doncaster.

We look forward to meeting you at one of these these events.

 

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*** Train to Teach in Yorkshire – York (Tue 4th Dec 2018) ***

To find out more about university and local schools-based teacher training in Yorkshire and to discuss your application to the Doncaster ITT Partnership, visit us at the DfE’s Train to Teach Event to help you to Teach Yorkshire!

  

We’ll be at:

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 2019. 

 What to expect:

If you attend an event you’ll be able to:

  • discuss the different university & local schools-based teacher training options available, to help you decide which would best suit you;
  • meet representatives from universities and our own & other local schools-based deliverers of teacher training in this area, and find out about courses and entry requirements;
  • receive advice on submitting a successful UCAS application;
  • talk to practising teachers, including those who have changed career to teach, about what a career as a teacher is really like;
  • find out about bursaries, scholarships and funding available for teacher training.

Register for your free place today at:

Or

So ‘Save the Date(s) and we’ll look forward to seeing you there!

But if you can’t wait to see us at one of these events, then please see all of our school ‘Open Days‘ (tbc) and come along to discuss your application for teacher training in Doncaster.

We look forward to meeting you at one of these these events.

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Skills Tests – How NOT to fail them!

The recent changes to Skills Tests is excellent news, but you still have to pass them, even if you do now get 3 FREE attempts and no ‘lock-out’ for 2-years if you do fail the 3rd test anymore.

Since the changes, if you had failed a 3rd test sometime over the past few years and were ‘locked-out’, you no longer have to wait for 2-years and so can reapply on UCAS and start taking tests again now. If this is YOU, we’d love to hear from you ASAP about reapplying for this year.

So clearly we’d like you all to pass the Skills Tests as soon as possible and preferably not have to pay for a test, so we’d rather you were properly prepared to take and pass them , hopefully first time, so please read this carefully:

Firstly it’s important that you take the right documents when attending the Skills Test centers. Anyone that doesn’t follow the process (below) might be turned away, and may lose their first free attempt at taking the Skills Tests.

Booking the skills tests:

You can book your Skills Tests once you have submitted your application through UCAS Teacher Training. You can book in advance of this, as long as your application is submitted before you attend the test centre.

You can complete a fully interactive online test before you attend – simply follow the instructions on the page and use this activation key: jhULiqgX

What you need to bring:

  • Two forms of identification – a primary ID such as a passport, and a secondary ID (e.g. a debit card). More information can be found on the STA Website
  • You also need to bring proof of your teacher training application – e.g.:
  • a welcome email from UCAS Teacher Training;
  • correspondence from your school or university provider;
  • a copy of your completed UCAS Teacher Training application form;
  • confirmation of, or an invitation to, an interview from your school or university.

For more information please visit: www.sta.education.gov.uk

We run coaching sessions for applicants who have been offered a place to train with us, but other organisations also offer helpful advice or on-line guidance, such as TES – Get help preparing for the Professional Skills Tests – Register for FREE on-line sessions.

So, once you know what you’re taking with you, please consider that:

In our experience, many applicants take the first one without any real preparation thinking “how hard can it be?” and are then surprised by the test and fail it. Then they do some practice tests, but think we need them to pass the tests ASAP, so re-book without really taking the time they need to be ready to pass and so fail again, perhaps just by an odd mark.

So, be one of those who doesn’t take it lightly, be very well prepared for your first attempts and you’ll more than likely pass them both first time. But if not, make sure that you are totally ready for the 2nd attempt and then you’ll not be putting yourself under the pressure of having to take it for a 3rd time, even if you can now go back for a 4th or 5th etc. as after the 3rd test you will have to pay.

Almost everyone passes by the 3rd attempt, very few fail and most pass 1st or 2nd time.

Take and pass the ‘easier’ of the two first. If Maths is your ‘thing’ do that one and then take the literacy later on. If English is your strength, do that one first then take the numeracy later.

Don’t book to take them both on the same day just to save travel time and costs – it could put you under too much pressure and end up costing you far more in the long run!

For applicants offered places with us, we run coaching & support events in the Spring & Summer Term, so there’s no mad rush having to take them just yet.

And . . . you might want to go to one or more the following – other websites & services can be found from a simple Google search (other search engines are also available!), but these have been recommended by some of our former trainees:

Numeracy Ready & How to pass the Numeracy test (Quote ‘NST20’ for a Discount)

FREE online sessions (TES)

How to pass the Literacy test

Literacy Skills Test (spellings)

Creative Openings (Numeracy & Literacy support)

QTS Skills Tests

Good luck with your Skills Tests!

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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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*** Online Events ***

Online Events

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:

 

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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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