*** We’ll be reopening for applications on 5th October 2021***

All of our 2021-22 courses are now CLOSED

To apply for Schools-based ITT in Doncaster for 2022-23:

Applications will open again on Tue 12th Oct 2021, so please go to the DfE’s Find Postgraduate Teacher Training” (open from 5th Oct 2021) to search for training places, then (from 12th Oct 2021) go to the DfE ‘Apply’ system (or www.UCAS.com) to apply for SCITT & School Direct places with the Doncaster ITT Partnership  for 2022-23.

 

Search for ‘Doncaster‘ then, for:

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

Or for School Direct:

Primary* – ‘Doncaster Partners in Learning Alliance’
Secondary – ‘Doncaster Regional Alliance For Teacher Training Secondary’ (‘DRAFTTS’)

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We’ve not yet had confirmation of our allocated places for 2022-23, but we will be  especially interested in receiving applications for certain ‘Priority‘ Secondary subject areas that offer a Bursary Grant or Scholarship (tbc by the DfE for 2022-23):

  • Physics;
  • Chemistry;
  • Computing;
  • Mathematics.

And:

  • Modern Languages:
    • French & Spanish – possibly German, if with Spanish / French
  • Biology

We will also be looking to fill a number of Secondary subjects (in addition to the above) that do not have a Bursary (tbc by the DfE for 2022-23), inc:

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

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!

*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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Coronavirus (Covid-19) UPDATE

 

Schools ‘reopened’ to all pupils on 8th March 2021 and Lockdown restrictions have continued to be eased.

However, following  continued advice from the Government regarding the Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic and with input from our schools, we are still currently unable to plan in physical School Experience Days, ‘Drop-in’ sessions and Recruitment Events for the foreseeable future, but we have been holding virtual 1-2-1 on-line ‘drop-in’ sessions. Unfortunately we are not planning any more of these for our Sep 2021 recruitment, so please contact us directly if you have any queries before applying.

This is due to on-going ‘Social Distancing‘ rules and school restrictions on external visitors which will continue to apply until at least 19th July 2021, so you will still be unable to visit schools.

The DfE moved it’s Get into Teaching  Events on line and there were at local events for Doncaster, Sheffield & York which we attended .

The ITT Partnership Team are 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.

Once we restart recruitment for 2022,  please check here for the dates and book a place for one of our next events, once they are promoted.

UPDATED: 5th July 2021

Why do you want to be a teacher?

Over 80% of all applicants say that the reason they want to be a teacher is because they “enjoy working with children and young people”

They also “want to make a difference” and have “variety” where “every day is different”.

Most were “inspired by a teacher(s) at school”

Almost all because they love my subject” and they want to “have fun!”

Is this you?

Yes?

. . .  then go to the DfE’s Get Into Teaching  website, search for ‘Doncaster’ and look forward to enjoying working in a profession that really does make a difference.

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*** Financial support while you Train ***

Find out about the ITT Bursaries, Scholarships and School Direct (Salaried) grants for the academic year 2021 – 22 at the Department for Education (DfE): Get Into Teaching website.

Get up to £26,000 (TAX FREE) to train to teach !

And you may also be entitled to Additional Financial Support while you train.

The DfE provided bursary awards for 2021-22 are as follows:

Graduates with top degrees training to teach in ‘priority‘ Secondary subjects may be eligible for a Bursary Grant or a Scholarship of up to:

  •  £26,000 Scholarship or £24,000 Bursary in ‘high-priority’ subjects for Trainees with a 1st, 2:1, 2:2, PhD or Master’s for:
    • Mathematics
    • Physics
    • Chemistry
    • Computing
    • Languages £10,000
    • Biology – £,7000

Other subjects which are not otherwise listed above (e.g. Primary or PE etc.) do not have a bursary, so if you’re not sure if you’ll be eligible, please contact us to discuss your application, at:

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How much do Early Career Teachers earn?

A. Over £25,700 in their first year!

That compares favorably to almost every Graduate post in the UK and exceeds many.

But clearly it’s not all about the money.

“Although [these] incomes vary between degree disciplines, it’s important to remember that there is no point earning £40,000 a year as a barrister if you don’t enjoy doing it. Pick your job according to your passion and if you work hard enough at it, you will end up with a healthy salary!”

– Mariclaire White writing in Save the Student (2015)

So if ‘your passion’ is to teach, then train with us.

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Teach in Doncaster and get your student loan repaid!

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All Languages, Biology, Chemistry, Physics & Computer Science teachers who start a teacher training course (or are in years 1 to 5 of their careers) from/after September 2018, will be eligible for the Teachers’ Student Loan Reimbursement scheme announced by the Secretary of State in October 2017, provided they are teaching in a state-funded school in a designated Local Authority (LA).

Doncaster is one of those Local Authorities!

This will therefore NOT apply if you teach in a neighboring LA that is not on the list. The only other local LAs are: Barnsley, Bradford, North East Lincolnshire & North Yorkshire.

The full list of participating Local Authorities can be found here.

This is a massive opportunity to both train in and then stay on and teach in Doncaster, so let us help you to take the first step.

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How do we compare?

The Department for Education’s (DfE) performance data for ITT Providers (July 2019) shows that the Doncaster ITT Partnership is:

  • In the Top 10 Providers in the Yorkshire & Humber Region;
  • Ranked higher than all but one University!;
  • 3rd (by just 2%!) for trainee attainment in South Yorkshire overall;
  • 2nd for Primary attainment in South Yorkshire;
  • 2nd (by just 1%*) for Secondary attainment in South Yorkshire.

NB* – That’s just 1% behind a Russell Group University!

We’re proud to be doing so well, but we’re not complacent and we’re aiming to be No. 1 in South Yorkshire and to be in the Top 5 in Y&H

Watch this space!

 

Is all Schools-led ITT the same?

NO!

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 over time;
  • 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 less than most ITT courses.

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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 (for 2021-22):

  • ‘QTS ONLY’ (£7,950) or;
  • ‘QTS plus PGCE’  (£9,150) – (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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Are you considering a ‘career change’?

The DfE advisory service is to encourage second year undergraduates and career changers who want to teach a ‘priority subject’, but are not ready to apply this recruitment year.

The DfE has recruited a number of specialist advisers who will provide a dedicated one-to-one support service, which aims to help candidates to chose the right teaching route, providing help and support with their ‘application journey’.

To access this service, please register with the Get into Teaching site

Good luck with your applications!

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