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 (2018) acknowledged that:

  • Partners are driven by a united determination to provide the best-quality training experience they can, to increase the supply of good and better teachers to Doncaster schools.
  • The partnership makes strenuous efforts to maximise recruitment. Recruitment is successful in securing trainees who have strong potential to be effective teachers.
  • All trainees who complete the course meet the minimum expectations set out in the teachers’ standards. The vast majority exceed these standards. Some show excellent achievement across many of the teachers’ standards. Trainees and NQTs are reflective and demonstrate high standards of personal and professional conduct.
  • Training programmes are comprehensive and well planned. Leaders identify weaknesses and make continuous adaptations to improve training. School-based training complements centre-based training well.
  • Many trainees experience placements in schools that are in challenging socioeconomic circumstances. Many trainees are subsequently employed in these schools, helping to address recruitment difficulties.
  • Trainees become highly regarded, reflective teachers who immerse themselves in the wider life of their schools. Employment rates are consistently high.
  • Secondary trainees develop strong subject knowledge. Primary trainees have well-developed knowledge of early reading, phonics and mathematics. Trainees effectively use a wide range of formative and summative assessment strategies. These positive outcomes help trainees to plan effectively so that pupils typically make good progress.
We have recognised aspects to continue to develop and are very proud of the many positives identified during the Inspection. We look forward to being able to update this page 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



So we are 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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