*** ‘Drop-in’ sessions in Doncaster***

Need to talk to someone about your application?

Drop in flyer (Oct 2020)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 let us know when its convenient for you from the following dates and we’ll arrange to ‘see’ you at one of our ‘Drop-in’ sessions:


‘Contact Us’ to book a time slot between 10am and 4pm on:

    • Tue 20th Oct – 1pm onwards only (am now fully booked)
    • Tue 10th Nov – Still available
    • Wed 25th Nov
    •  Tue 8th Dec
    • Wed 16th Dec

Or we have a live stream Information Event with Q&A session on Wed 4th Nov from 4:30pm, so please Book a Place  if you would like to attend.

ITT Events Flyer (Oct 2020)

We’ll have more events after Christmas, so please check back here for dates and venues

If none of these are convenient for you, please let us know through the ‘Contact Us’ and we’ll try and arrange an alternative time to speak to you.

Confirmation of dates/times and details of further Drop-in Sessions will be posted here once finalised.

We look forward to seeing you!

Meadowhall Event (2)  

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Previous Events:

  • Wed 14th Oct 2020

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 on-line Events.


ITT Information Event – Wed 4th Nov 2020 from 4:30pm

ITT Events Flyer (Oct 2020)

Do you want to find out all about our Schools-based ITT Programmes in Doncaster?

We’re hosting a live stream ITT Information Event with Q&A session on:

Wed 4th Nov 2020 from 4:30pm

To attend, please Book a Place

We’ll look at:

  • What qualifications do I need?
  • Which Partnership Schools will I train in?
  • How do I make an application?
  • What is the application process and what should I expect if I’m interviewed?
  • What are the Bursary Grants & Tuition-fees etc?
  • Can I still get some School Experience before training?
  • Do I have to do a PGCE or do I only need QTS?

And many more questions!

We look forward to ‘seeing’ you then!



*** Apply NOW for ITT places for 2021-22***

To apply for Schools-based ITT in Doncaster for 2021-22:

Applications opened on Tue 13th Oct 2020, so please go to the DfE’s Find Postgraduate Teacher Trainingto search for training places, then go to the DfE ‘Apply’ system (or www.UCAS.com) to apply for SCITT & School Direct places with the Doncaster ITT Partnership  for 2021-22.

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’)


We’ve been allocated our places for 2021-22, so we are especially interested in receiving applications for certain ‘Priority‘ Secondary subject areas that offer a Bursary Grant or Scholarship:

  • Physics;
  • Chemistry;
  • Computing;
  • Mathematics


  • Modern Languages (French & Spanish – possibly German, if with Spanish / French)
  • Biology.

We are also be looking to fill a number of Secondary subjects (in addition to the above) that do not have a Bursary, inc:

  • Art & Design;
  • Dance;
  • Design Technology (esp. Resistant Materials);
  • Drama;
  • English;
  • Geography;
  • History;
  • Physical Education – see notes below* ;
  • Religious Education;

And of course:

  • Primary!
    • Teach either:
      • Foundation Stage (‘Early Years’) and Key Stage 1 (Infants);
      • or
      •  Key Stage 1 & 2 (Infants & Junior ages)

Good luck with your applications!


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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*** APPLY NOW – Applications are OPEN ***

We are now OPEN for applications!

You will be able to search for course training details on the Department for Education (DfE) ‘Find’ website, then apply on the new DfE ‘Apply‘ system or on UCAS (which is being phased out, but is still live) for places to start in September 2021.

Watch a quick presentation about the new DfE – Apply and why YOU should use it to Apply to us!

If you have any queries about teacher training in Doncaster then please get in touch as we’d love to discuss your application to us for next year.

Good luck with your applications!




Thu 19th Nov 2020 – Teach Yorkshire Information Event

As one of the founding members of the Teach Yorkshire  (Site being updated!) Network of schools-based teacher training providers, we’re really pleased to invite you to come along to one of our local Information Events.

Our next on-line event is:

  • On: Thu 19th Nov 2020
  • From: 4 – 6pm

Find out more and book to attend: HERE


A few of the Teach Yorkshire Team at a event last year!

You’ll get the chance to meet with and discuss your application with a number of local schools-based teacher trainers offering School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) & School Direct programmes.

You can chose three providers when you apply for teacher training on UCAS or the new DfE ‘Apply‘, so chose which 3 best suit your schools-based training needs with Teach Yorkshire.

A big thank you to all of our fellow Teach Yorkshire colleagues for helping to make this event ‘THE‘ Teacher Training event in Yorkshire – we look forward to seeing you there!

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) UPDATE

Following  continued advice from the Government regarding the Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic, we are currently unable to plan in physical School Experience Days, ‘Drop-in’ sessions and Recruitment Events for the foreseeable future, but we are working on dates for on-line replacements.

This is due to ‘Social Distancing‘ rules and school restrictions on external visitors which will continue to apply for the foreseeable future, so you will still be unable to visit schools.

The DfE has moved it’s Get into Teaching  Events on line, but hasn’s planned an event for Doncaster or even Sheffield, so our nearest event is in York on 23rd Nov 2020 (see other post for details).

However, we will still be open for applications from 13th Oct 2020 (look for courses on DfE Find from 7th Oct) and the ITT Partnership Team will be available to respond to any of your queries regarding how to Get Into Teaching in Doncaster.

Please continue to follow Government & NHS advice on staying safe.

UPDATED: 24th Sep 2020


Talk to your Referees now!

The UCAS recruitment system  (and NEW DfE ‘Apply’ system) requires applicants to nominate two Referees – one should be your current (or most recent) employer or perhaps your course tutor, if you’re still at Uni.

Whoever you nominate, we advise you to speak to them NOW if you haven’t done so already, as your application will not be able to be sent on to us from UCAS (or DfE) until both references are back in their system.

So speak to them NOW so that they can agree to provide a reference, know to look out for a reference request for you soon and understand how important it is to you that they complete it as soon as possible.

Good luck with your applications!

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*** Train to Teach in Yorkshire – York (Mon 23rd Nov 2020) ***

This Autumn the DfE are holding virtual events rather than physical events.

So 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 Events to help you to Teach Yorkshire!


We’ll be at:

  • The virtual event in York (details tbc) on Mon 23rd Nov 2020 between 4.30 – 7:30pm

Who are these events for?

These on-line events are designed for anyone who is interested in teaching – particularly those who are considering starting their teacher training in September 2021. 

 What to expect:

If you attend an on-line 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 DfE Apply (or 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.

To register for your FREE place, keep an eye out for updates on the DfE website for:

  • York – Mon 23rd Nov 2020 (4:30 – 7:30pm)*

*NB – this is not yet advertised on the DfE website

So Save the Date’ and we’ll look forward to ‘seeing’ you there – well ok not IN York, but on screen from the warmth of your home!

But if you can’t wait to see us at one of these events, then please see watch out for our on-line ‘Drop-in’ sessions and ‘come along’ to discuss your application for teacher training in Doncaster.

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

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*** PGCE with the University of Hull ***

 Hull Uni
PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate of Education)

From September 2021, the Doncaster ITT Partnership are delighted to once again be working with the University of Hull to enable SCITT & School Direct trainee teachers to 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).

We are delighted to be able to offer this additional optional, internationally recognised, postgraduate qualification for trainees who may wish to achieve the PGCE in its own right or perhaps as the first step towards a Masters in Education.

 Trainees do not have to complete the PGCE in addition to their QTS training, but most do and we would urge all applicants to seriously consider completing this programme, as it will enhance their teacher training and is an internationally recognised teaching qualification when achieved with QTS.

All PGCE training is delivered in Doncaster by specialist tutors from Partnership schools & academies, the Local Authority and by the University of Hull.

 Further details are available on request or see links on this website.

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Is all Schools-led ITT the same?


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

Teach Doncaster!

The Doncaster ITT Partnership is an Accredited School Centred ITT Provider with nearly 18 years experience of delivering Outstanding Trainee  Attainment (Ofsted 2018); 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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