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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PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate of Education)
From September 2020, 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, 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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Find out about the ITT Bursaries, Scholarships and School Direct (Salaried) grants for the academic year 2020 – 21 at the Department for Education (DfE): Get Into Teaching website.
Get up to £28,000 (TAX FREE) to train to teach – and then possibly some more!
And you may also be entitled to Additional Financial Support while you train.
The DfE provided bursary awards for 2020-21 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:
- £28,000 Scholarship or £26,000 Bursary in ‘high-priority’ subjects for Trainees with a 1st, 2:1, 2:2, PhD or Master’s for:
- Languages (Scholarships for French, Spanish & German ONLY)
- All of the above subjects also have three additional payments each of £2k after the 2nd, 3rd & 4th year in teaching (*see below as ‘Doncaster’ gives you even more!).
- Computing – £28,000 Scholarship or £26,000 Bursary
- Geography – £17,000 Scholarship or £15,000 Bursary
And for a 1st, 2:1, 2:2, PhD or Master’s, other subjects have Bursaries of:
- Design & Technology (D&T) – £15,000
- £9,000 for:
- Business Studies
- Art & Design
*An increased incremental amount of an additional £1,000 will be available for Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry & Languages in the 2nd, 3rd & 4th year of teaching (i.e. £3,000 in each of these years): “to encourage the best teachers to teach in more challenging schools”. Teaching in Doncaster will entitle you to this increased amount.
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:
Apply for a Scholarship for 2020-21:
Applicants with good degrees in key subjects can apply for a ‘tax free’ Scholarship of up to £28,000 (Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Computing, Geography & Languages).
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;
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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
The Doncaster ITT Partnership is an Accredited School Centred ITT Provider with nearly 17 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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You’ll need your GCSEs (Grade C or above/equivalent* – New GCSE Grade 4 or above) in Maths & English [and a Science if you want to teach Primary], but make sure that you have them BEFORE you apply.
If you don’t have them yet, you can consider doing an ‘Equivalency Test’ before you apply for teacher training. A simple internet search will bring up a number of organisations who deliver Equivalency Tests.
Level 2 Qualifications:
Please note that Level 2 Qualifications (e.g. GNVQs etc.) are NOT equivalent, as they do not have the ‘breadth or depth’ of a GCSE or a recognised equivalent.
If you do apply and only have Level 2 qualifications, your application will not be progressed further, so please look to take a GCSE resit, alternative qualification or an Equivalence Test before applying for a place on one of our ITT programmes.
Please enter an internet search for ‘Equivalency Testing‘ and select which organisation’s course you wish to apply to.
Once you have passed the test, we would accept this as an equivalence to the GCSE.
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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.
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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