Why do schools-based training?

Although our last cohort of SCITT & School Direct students are now over half way through their Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) ‘Induction year’ and our current cohort are also over half way through and all out in their second placement training schools, we’re still looking to recruit applicants wanting to start teacher training in September 2017 (UCAS opened on 18th October 2016).

So why did our trainees chose schools-based training and why should you?

Do you want to:

  • go back to university and sit in a lecture theatre for days on end?
  • complete assignments to prove that you know how to teach?
  • only see children when you are sent to a school miles from home?
  • have no real choice about where you’ll train?
  • increase your student loan debt by as much as it’s possible to borrow (£9,000)?
  • have to do (and pay for) a PGCE, when you know that you don’t really need one to become a qualified teacher?
No? – Neither did our trainees!
Or would you rather:
  • train to teach in a school environment?
  • have a choice about where you train in local schools?
  • be trained by specialist teachers who really know and understand teaching?
  • be supported to learn by experts with the most up to date teaching techniques?
  • really feel part of a school, not just a ‘visitor’ on a placement for a few weeks?
  • save £1,600 against the cost of some courses?
  • have the choice about whether you want to do a PGCE or not, in addition to your teacher training?

Yes? – That’s why our trainees chose us and why you should too!

Please look through this website to find out more about why you should consider school-based training in a Doncaster ITT Partnership school and see how to apply for one of our programmes.

Good luck with your application!

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*** Doncaster is an Opportunity Area ***

The Secretary of State for Education, The Rt Hon Justine Greening MP, has included Doncaster on a list of 12 new ‘Opportunity Areas‘.

In a speech in January 2017 she 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.”

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.

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Skills Tests – How NOT to fail them!

Clearly we’d like you all to pass the Skills Tests as soon as possible, so we’d rather you were properly prepared to take and pass them , hopefully first time, so please read this carefully:

Firstly it’s important that you take the right documents when attending the Skills Test centers. Anyone that doesn’t follow the process (below) might be turned away, and may lose their first free attempt at taking the Skills Tests.

Booking the skills tests:

You can book your Skills Tests once you have submitted your application through UCAS Teacher Training. You can book in advance of this, as long as your application is submitted before you attend the test centre.

What you need to bring:

  • Two forms of identification – a primary ID such as a passport, and a secondary ID (e.g. a debit card). More information can be found on the STA Website
  • You also need to bring proof of your teacher training application – e.g.:
  • a welcome email from UCAS Teacher Training;
  • correspondence from your school or university provider;
  • a copy of your completed UCAS Teacher Training application form;
  • confirmation of, or an invitation to, an interview from your school or university.

For more information please visit: www.sta.education.gov.uk

So, once you know what you’re taking with you, please consider that:

In our experience, many applicants take the first one without any real preparation thinking “how hard can it be?” and are then surprised by the test and fail it. Then they do some practice tests, but think we need them to pass the tests ASAP, so re-book without really taking the time they need to be ready to pass and so fail again, perhaps just by an odd mark.

Then ‘fear of failure’ kicks in and the final test becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy and they fail. Not though lack of ability or knowledge, but purely because they panic.

So, be one of those who doesn’t take it lightly, be very well prepared for your first attempts and you’ll more than likely pass them both first time. But if not, make sure that you are totally ready for the 2nd attempt and then you’ll not be putting yourself under the pressure of having to take it for a 3rd time.

Almost everyone passes by the 3rd attempt, very few fail and most pass 1st or 2nd time.

Take and pass the ‘easier’ of the two first. If Maths is your ‘thing’ do that one and then take the literacy later on. If English is your strength, do that one first then take the numeracy later.

Don’t book to take them both on the same day just to save travel time and costs – it could put you under too much pressure and end up costing you far more in the long run!

For applicants offered places with us, we’ll be running some support events in the Spring Term, so there’s no mad rush having to take them just yet.

And . . . you might want to go to one or more the following – other websites & services can be found from a simple Google search (other search engines are also available!), but these have been recommended by some of our former trainees:

Numeracy Ready & How to pass the Numeracy test (Quote ‘NST20’ for a Discount)

How to pass the Literacy test

Literacy Skills Test (spellings)

Creative Openings (Numeracy & Literacy support)

Good luck with your Skills Tests!

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*** Online Events ***

Online Events

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:

 

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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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Skills Tests – Practice, Practice, Practice

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

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PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate of Education)

From September 2017, the Doncaster ITT Partnership will 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 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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How much do Newly Qualified Teachers earn?

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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What will happen to my Application?

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: ittpartnership@doncaster.gov.uk

**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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Are you considering a ‘career change’?

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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Which schools are involved?

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

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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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