Key Strengths & Priorities

Our Key Strengths are that we have:

  • Very high trainee attainment rates = 95% of our trainees are judged to be at least Good and the majority are deemed to be  ‘Outstanding‘;
  • Extremely high employment rates = Almost every trainee since 2003 has secured a teaching post or chosen to go on to further study (i.e. Masters / PhD);
  • High trainee retention rates = 3 out of 4 trainees choose to stay to teach in a Doncaster school, with the majority of others teaching locally in neigbouring authority areas;
  • A genuine partnership run for and led by Doncaster schools;
  • The majority of our trainees with a 1st class or 2:1 degree;
  • Grown significantly to now be training over twice as many teachers as we were a few years ago – more training places, more partnership schools, more career opportunities!

According to ‘The Good Teacher Training Guide (2017)‘ our Primary training has the 2nd highest rated ‘Overall Score’ for an accredited ITT Provider in the Yorkshire & Humber Region, making us the highest rated SCITT!

What one of our Trainees told the DfE

An External Moderation of our provision (June 2016) stated that:

“There are many strengths within the partnership based on the strong drive to recruit, train and retain high quality new teachers to the Doncaster area and there is ample evidence that this is a genuinely school-led programme responding to a rapidly changing educational landscape – positively and pragmatically.”

Ofsted Good   Ofsted (2012) acknowledged that:

  • The quality of recruitment and selection is outstanding;
  • Trainees’ attainment is outstanding;
  • High-quality trainees who maximise the opportunities to engage fully with all aspects of school life and training;
  • High-quality recruitment and selection arrangements which ensure the trainees are well-suited to the demands of the course so that by the end they are very employable;
  • Strong relationships which underpin the high-quality pastoral and academic support for trainees and their high levels of attainment;
  • Trainees’ professionalism and commitment to raising pupils’ achievement and enjoyment in learning;
  • The commitment of partnership schools to provide high-quality experiences for trainees which enable them to make at least good progress;
  • The proactive leadership team which has utilised the strengths of the partnership to maintain the quality of the programme.
Please note that we are currently between 'stages' of an Ofsted Inspection of our ITT provision. 

Stage 1 took place in the summer of 2018 and Stage 2 will take at any time, with a final outcome and report hopefully available early in the New Year.

Whilst we have recognised aspects to continue to develop, we are confident of a positive outcome to the Inspection and look forward to being able to update this page following the report's publication, with the details outlining our continued challenges, as well as the very many positive aspects of our Partnership.

So we’re not complacent and our Key Priorities are to:

  • Maintain rigorous standards of recruitment, in order to attract high-quality applicants to the teaching profession;
  • Further increase trainee attainment – More ‘Outstanding’ – ALL ‘Good’ or better;
  • Continue to increase the employment opportunities for trainees to remain in Doncaster schools, if they choose to;
  • Maintain the high-quality and further develop the skills of our schools-based mentors and Partnership tutors.

Recent announcements focused on ‘social mobility’ include:

  • That the DfE identified Doncaster as an ‘Opportunity Area’‘ in 2017 to focus on the role of education in helping to remove obstacles to social mobility and the importance of ensuring that all young people can fulfil their potential;
  • The award of a substantial additional grants via the Teaching & Leadership Innovation Fund (TLIF) to support professional development programmes for teachers and school leaders;
  • That Partners in Learning was awarded Research School status in 2017 to boost the quality of teaching in Doncaster through better use of research.

Research School Presentation

Partners in Learning Logo (NEW Sep 2016)RSN-logo





So we will be able to invest even more into the support for teachers in the early years of their career. The Teaching School, Local Authority and other key partners will provide greater professional development opportunities throughout your teaching career, including into senior leadership roles.

As the only Accredited ITT Provider in South Yorkshire that’s not based in Sheffield, we’re also closely involved with the other SY accredited providers (led by Sheffield Hallam University) in the South Yorkshire Futures – Partnerships for Attainment & Doncaster Growing Together projects and with other local schools-based providers in the Teach Yorkshire campaign .

Doncaster Growing Together


It’s NEVER been a better time to  join ‘Team Doncaster!


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