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 an online interview & assessment to discuss your application.
Secondary – applicants that schools wish to consider will be contacted by a Partner school and invited to ‘attend’ an on-line interview & assessment.
*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: firstname.lastname@example.org
**On behalf of the schools, if your application is not short-listed – it will be ‘Rejected’ on the DfE ‘Apply’ system (or UCAS) by the Partnership.
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First the good news – the DfE announced in July 2019, that applicants for teacher training starting after Sep 2020 will no longer have to pass the two Professional Skills Tests. However, all trainee teachers will now be required to demonstrate that they meet ‘Fundamental English & mathematics’ criteria.
ITT Providers will continue to ‘test’ applicants for their numeracy & literacy skills to determine that all teachers are able to demonstrate competence in the following areas:
- Speaking, listening and communicating are fundamental to a teacher’s role;
- Teachers should use standard English grammar, clear pronunciation and vocabulary relevant to the situation to convey instructions, questions, information, concepts and ideas with clarity;
- Teachers should read fluently and with good understanding;
- Writing by teachers will be seen by colleagues, pupils and parents and, as such, it is important that a teacher’s writing reflects the high standards of accuracy their professional role demands;
- They should write clearly, accurately, legibly and coherently using correct spelling and punctuation;
- Teachers should use data and graphs to interpret information, identify patterns and trends and draw appropriate conclusions;
- They need to interpret pupil data and understand statistics and graphs in the news, academic reports and relevant papers;
- Teachers should be able to complete mathematical calculations fluently with whole numbers, fractions, decimals and percentages;
- They should be able to solve mathematical problems using a variety of methods and approaches including: estimating and rounding, sense checking answers, breaking down problems into simpler steps and explaining and justifying answers using appropriate language.
Further official guidance can be found here
We’re really looking forward to deleting this post and never having to mention Skills Tests ever again!!
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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.
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!
This is an extract from an email that one of our former Secondary trainees sent us, to let us know how he was getting on as a Newly Qualified Teacher:
“The high expectations you have instilled into me are still present and I try to make sure everybody else keeps up to the same high expectations.”
“My confidence has really grown and whilst behaviour can be tough to handle and days can be long and hard – I’m still reminded that I can become a really good teacher.”
“I compare my training with trainees who go through the university route and I can safely assure you DRAFTTS* sounds a lot better and a lot more useful. I walked out of that knowing that I was given the tools to begin teaching and have since flourished. A lot of other NQTs don’t feel the same when starting.”
That’s why he applied for schools-based ITT in Doncaster!
*DRAFTTS – Doncaster Regional Alliance For Teacher Training Secondary
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Even with schools’ closed’, our last cohort of SCITT & School Direct students are now nearing the end of their Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) ‘Induction’ and our current cohort are fast approaching the end of training year (still learning at home), so that means that we’ve been recruiting applicants wanting to start teacher training in September 2020 for quite a while now (UCAS opened in October 2019).
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 (£9,250)?
- 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 over £1,300 against the cost of some courses (QTS Only)?
- 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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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 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 (for 2020-21):
- ‘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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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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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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