Exciting opportunity for ITT and NQT Mentors in all Doncaster schools
PiL – Enhance your mentoring skills
Partners in Learning – Teaching School Alliance & the Doncaster ITT Partnership are working in collaboration with Sheffield Hallam University to offer FREE online Mentor training and accreditation.
Mentors have a key role supporting the professional development of Trainees and Newly Qualified Teachers and this programme has been designed to further support your development and provide accreditation for the significant expertise and skills that Mentors have.
All Doncaster Mentors were invited to the launch of the online programme at Castle Park on Tuesday 20th Nov 2018, where we were delighted that Richard Pountney from Sheffield Hallam University delivered the session.
But don;t worry if you weren’t able to make that event, you can still apply to join the on-line programme.
Apply for a Scholarship for 2018/19:
Applicants with good degrees in key subjects can apply for a ‘tax free’ Scholarship of between £28,000 (Physics, Chemistry, Computing, Geography & Languages*) and £32,000 for Maths*.
To be eligible for a Scholarship, you should have at least a 2:1 degree or above and want to teach one of the subjects listed. You can still apply if you have a 2:2, but you’ll need to provide evidence of significant relevant experience. Scholarships are awarded in place of a bursary.
Find out more on the dedicated scholarship pages:
- Computing: BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT
- Chemistry: Royal Society of Chemistry
- Geography: Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
- Languages: British Council
- Maths: Mathematics Teacher Training Scholarships
- Physics: Institute of Physics scholarships
Or have a look at their brochures:
If you’re not successful in your application for a scholarship, and secured a place on a qualifying teacher training course in England you’ll still receive the standard Bursary.
* Conditions apply:
- Languages – only for French, Spanish & German;
- Maths – £22k Scholarship with additional payments totalling £10k* (after tax) once in teaching – with two additional ‘early-career’ payments of £5k* each in your 3rd & 5th year of teaching . Further conditions apply.
*As Doncaster is an ‘Opportunity Area’, this is increased to £15k (i.e. £7,500 in each of your 3rd and 5th years in teaching).
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The former Secretary of State for Education, The Rt Hon Justine Greening MP, included Doncaster on a list of 12 new ‘Opportunity Areas‘ in 2017 (See an extract of her speech below).
But first, what it might mean to YOU!
A number of financial support initiatives have now been launched with an enhanced Maths bursary for training to teach in Doncaster and a scheme for having your student loans repaid (for up to 10-years!) whilst you teach in a Doncaster school (certain subjects).
So it’s never been a better time to train to teach in Doncaster with so much additional focus and support coming into the Borough:
- now a DfE designated ‘Opportunity Area’;
- access to the DfE’s TLIF funding, and;
- the creation of a DfE – EEF ‘Research School’.
Be part of our journey and benefit from the renewed focus on improving Educational outcomes for pupils in Doncaster.
In a speech in January 2017 the then Secretary of State for Education said:
“Opportunity areas will help local children get the best start in life, no matter what their background. Ensuring all children can access high-quality education at every stage is critical. We will focus not just on what we can do to help inside schools, but also create the opportunities outside school that will raise sights and broaden horizons for young people.”
“Increased DfE opportunity area funding of £72 million will support local education providers and communities to address the biggest challenges in the 12 areas, and the opportunity areas will have priority access to other DfE support including the Teaching and Leadership Innovation Fund [TLIF] worth £75 million, focused on supporting teachers and school leaders in challenging areas to develop.”
“A new £3.5 million programme, with £1.5 million coming from DfE and £2 million from the Education Endowment Foundation [EEF], will support the creation of a research school for each opportunity area. These schools will lead the development and dissemination of evidence-led practice in local schools.”
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:
- ‘QTS ONLY’ (£7,400) – SLC Course Code: 664647, or;
- ‘QTS plus PGCE’ (£8,600) – SLC Course Code: 664650 – (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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Would you like to ask a panel of specialists the questions that matter to you in one of the Department for Education (DfE) ‘real-time’ Online Events ? Whether you want general guidance or advice tailored to your circumstances, these online teaching events offer a convenient way to discuss a range of topics related to teacher training.
Recently held events included a series focused on getting into teaching which are still available on the DfE archive, inc. events on:
These archived events were interactive sessions that offered a convenient way to engage directly with a panel of specialist advisers across a range of topics, but you can see the questions which were asked and answered about what mattered to other potential trainee teachers.
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Worried about taking the Skills Tests?
Do you feel that you need extra help and advice before taking the Numeracy or Literacy Skills Tests?
Remember whilst you can do the on-line practice tests as many times as you like, you only have three attempts at passing each of the actual tests and will have to wait for 2-years before you can retake them, if you fail on the third attempt!
Several of our current and former trainees have used on-line help/practice websites and the one most recommend for helping them pass their Numeracy test is: Numeracy Ready although there are other websites, publications and on-line resources which may help if you feel that you need additional support.
We’re planning to deliver some training sessions early in the Spring Term and will let applicants who have been offered places know the dates of these. We also get a 20% discount for ‘Numeracy Ready’ so can pass that on to applicants who have accepted a place with us.
So make sure you’re ready to take the test BEFORE you book in at a test centre.
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A. Over £22,000 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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Once you apply, if your application is short-listed**:
Primary – you will be asked to select areas of the Borough that you would prefer to be trained in, if you have a preference. Then Partner schools in that area(s) will consider your application and hopefully contact you to arrange a visit to a school* to discuss your application or invite you to attend an interview.
Secondary – applicants that schools wish to consider will be contacted by a Partner school and invited in for interview.
*The school that contacts you may only be hosting interviews, so may not be the same school that you would train in, if you are subsequently offered a place.
Please note we are not able to use the ‘Interview’ stage on the UCAS system as our Partner schools and academies will arrange individual interviews themselves, so your application may still be shown as ‘Referred’, but actually may still be being considered by schools.
Please see our Blog post on ‘Hotmail’ as you may be missing an email from us or a school with important information -i.e. an invitation to interview.
All ‘Offers’ will show as ‘Conditional’ as they are subject to the usual clearances and checks, but will be changed to ‘Unconditional’ once all these (inc. the DBS checks and Skills Tests etc.) have been completed.
If you’re not sure what’s happening email us: email@example.com
**On behalf of the schools, if your application is not short-listed – it will be ‘Rejected’ on UCAS by the Partnership.
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The NCTL 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 NCTL 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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The Doncaster ITT Partnership is a genuinely ‘schools-led’ partnership of Primary, Secondary and Special Schools, Academies and Pupil Referral Units (PRUs) all working within either a Primary or Secondary phase ‘Alliance’ to deliver Initial Teacher Training.
These Alliances form the Partnership along with Education, Finance and HR specialists at Doncaster Council and tutors from local universities / colleges.
Primary: ‘Partners in Learning‘ – Doncaster Teaching School Alliance
Secondary: ‘Doncaster Regional Alliance For Teacher Training secondary’ (DRAFTTs)
Each phase has a ‘Lead School‘ that coordinates the recruitment and training for their Alliance and each has representatives who form the Partnership’s Strategic Management Board, which is Chaired and led by Primary and Secondary school colleagues.
Working collaboratively between Primary & Secondary to share resources and expertise, trainees are able to gain learning experiences in a number of local, different context settings.
Doncaster’s Primary & Secondary Schools, Academies and PRUs are supporting our trainee teachers, with most of the training delivered in-school by outstanding classroom practitioners who can relate to and train others in the very latest initiatives in Education.
Schools aren’t therefore just ‘in partnership with’ an accredited ITT Provider; they ARE the Doncaster ITT Partnership – Led by and run for schools in the Doncaster area.
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