Frequently Asked Questions

We are now OPEN for applications for places to start in September 2022

A selection of frequently asked questions can be found below, if you can’t find the information you need then don’t hesitate to contact us.

What are the minimum application requirements?

A detailed explanation of the entry requirements can be found on the Routes into Teaching page.

Which schools are involved in the Doncaster ITT Partnership?

There are a wide range of Primary and Secondary schools are already involved in the Doncaster ITT Partnership but the current ‘Lead Schools’ are:

Woodfield Primary School (Primary) 

Hall Cross Academy (Secondary) DRAFTTs Logo

  • Doncaster’s largest Secondary school, is Lead School for the ‘DRAFTTS’  Alliance representing the majority of Doncaster’s Secondary schools and Academies

Do I still have to take the Skills Tests?

No, applicants for training courses starting after Sep 2020 no longer have to pass the two Skills Tests. However all trainee teachers will now be required to demonstrate that they meet ‘Fundamental English & mathematics’ criteria.

ITT Providers will continue to ‘audit’ 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

Can you tell me more about my course options?

All Initial Teacher Training (ITT) programmes lead to gaining Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) which entitles successful trainees to teach in England as a qualified teacher. Some providers also offer a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate of Education), but this is not required in order to become a qualified teacher.

The Doncaster ITT Partnership has been providing QTS only training routes since 2003 and some of our ex-trainees are now senior managers (inc. Headteachers) in Doncaster schools.

So, unlike some providers, the Doncaster ITT Partnership is currently able to offer all SCITT & School Direct places as QTS only programmes, although we have an option (see below) to still complete a PGCE, if preferred . This means that we do not have to charge trainees for the additional PGCE element, if they choose not to complete it, and so our QTS only tuition-fees can be substantially less than providers charge for a PGCE (with QTS) course (see Tuition-fees below).

Do you offer a PGCE?    

Yes, we are delighted to be able to offer an optional PGCE, if preferred. Our PGCE Partner is the University of Hull

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Trainee teachers can progress through a programme of part-time study to Level 7 and to the award of PGCE, in addition to achieving Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Trainees are able to apply to the University for 60 credits of Accredited Prior Learning (APL) to align their study with the Level 6 modules within the PGCE Secondary or Primary programme of the university. The Partnership and the University then share delivery of the remaining 60 credits (at Level 7) from the PGCE Secondary and PGCE Primary programmes of the university / PGCE provider.

The Doncaster ITT Partnership delivers the majority of the training programme with additional input and academic support provided by the University, delivered at both face-to-face workshops and via on-line support. PGCE trainees benefit from high-quality tuition delivered in well-equipped training centres in Doncaster and through school-based learning in schools and academies in the Partnership.

However, as there is an additional cost (see Tuition-fees below), trainees do not have to do the PGCE if they do not wish to.

Masters (MA)

Once complete, Teachers can consider putting their PGCE’s 60 Credits at Level 7 towards completing their full Masters (MA). Like most universities, our University Partner offers a number of MA programmes and most universities/colleges would accept the credits towards a relevant MA programme.

Please tell me about current Grants, Fees and Bursaries


Note: We cannot accept individual payment of fees, this must be done through the Student Loan Company (SLC).

Tuition-fee based School Direct & SCITT programmes require successful applicants to fund the cost of their training through the SLC. Students can also find out about maintenance grants/loans at

Fees for 2022-23 are:

  • £8,050 for ‘QTS only’, and;
  • £9,250 for the ‘PGCE and QTS’.

Like other Tuition-fees (i.e. for undergraduate degrees etc.) the changes now mean that you would not start to replay these until you are earning over £27,295 (Sep 2021).

Training Grants

School Direct (Salaried) trainees do not pay tuition-fees and are not eligible for maintenance loans, so they do not need to contact the Student Loan Company or Student Finance England. As they are employed as unqualified teachers in their training schools, they receive a ‘salary’ (at least the minimum Scale Point 1 for an Unqualified Teacher) and the DfE provides a ‘Training Grant’ which covers the cost of the QTS training, so there is no cost to the trainee.

However, as the additional cost of the PGCE is therefore paid via slightly higher tuition-fees for those eligible for student loans, School Direct (Salaried) trainees who wish to complete the PGCE will be required to pay the additional fee directly to the university / PGCE provider.


For 2022-23 see the DfE’s Bursaries and Scholarship grants

Applicants with a PhD or a Masters may also qualify for an enhanced Bursary in any of these subject areas.

Eligible students receive Bursaries over 10 consecutive monthly payments from October to July.

Trainees on the School Direct (Salaried) programme are not eligible for Bursaries or Scholarships, but do not have to pay tuition-fees as they are employed as unqualified teachers by their schools, who receive a training grant to support the cost of their training and employment.

Trainees who are eligible for a ‘Scholarship’, will need to apply for this themselves to the relevant organisation (e.g. the Institute of Physics etc.), but those eligible for a ‘Bursary’ do not need to apply, as the Partnership will assess eligibility with guidance from the DfE. All payments are then made directly to trainees.

Full details of funding and bursaries etc. can be found at the site.

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How do I make an Application?

The way that applicants for Teacher Training search for places has changed.
To find places with providers, go to the DfE's site: Find Postgraduate Teacher Training Courses
Applications are then made on the new DfE Apply System. UCAS has now been phased out for ITT applications.


Please search for the ‘Doncaster ITT Partnership’ for all Primary and Secondary SCITT places and for Primary School Direct places please search for Doncaster Partners in Learning Alliance. For Secondary School Direct places please search for the ‘Doncaster Regional Alliance For Teacher Training (Secondary)


To apply for School Direct or SCITT places go to the DfE Application System (tbc)

Or visit

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Which subjects are currently available?

Please check the application portal for details of currently open subjects on the DfE’s website: Find Postgraduate Teacher Training Courses

The subjects which our Secondary schools choose to support can change each year depending on the needs of the school and the capacity for supporting that particular subject.

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Do I need experience in a school to apply?

The Partnership ensures that all entrants, as part of the selection procedures, have taken part in a rigorous selection process designed to assess their suitability to train to teach. As such, most successful applicants will have had some good ‘classroom experience’ and, whilst it is not required to have necessarily been employed by or have  volunteered in a school, higher-calibre candidates will probably have gained at least a few weeks voluntary school experience, if at all possible. Applicants with no school or other relevant experience should consider whether they feel they will be able to meet the exacting requirements of the selection process or whether it would be better to seek some in class experience prior to applying.

This does not need to be paid experience and can be voluntary. Some schools are happy for applicants to contact them with a view to undertaking voluntary work on the understanding that any necessary checks are made (e.g. DBS checks).

With a limit on the number of applications that anyone can make, an applicant without considerable classroom experience applying for a ‘Salaried’ place should first discuss their possible application with schools before applying, as schools will only consider the very best applicants for a Salaried place.

What is the difference between training at the Doncaster ITT Partnership and university-based training?

If you chose to train through the Doncaster ITT Partnership you are based in schools for the full year of the training, part of which involves at least a half-term ‘second placement’ at a contrasting school (this is usually almost a full-term for most trainees).

Curriculum Development Sessions are offered via a variety of central training workshops at various local schools and training venues in Doncaster (or on-line) throughout the year. You will also be involved in individual and whole school training within your own schools. You will be allocated a school based ‘Mentor’ and although not employed, unless you are a ‘Salaried’ trainee, you will essentially become a member of the school staff for that year.

University-based training involves more ‘on-campus’ training in lecture halls / rooms with several school ‘placements’ throughout the year at different schools, potentially spread over a very wide area – often up to an hour or more travel from your home.

University / college programmes typically include a PGCE, with no choice as to whether you do it or not. Remember, you don’t ‘need’ a PGCE – you only need QTS to become a qualified teacher in England.

Through the Doncaster ITT Partnership you therefore have the option to undertake further academic qualifications (i.e. a PGCE) working with our PGCE partner / university (see above) – with all training still delivered at venues in Doncaster.


How can I contact you?

Feel free to contact us using the contact form.

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