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Initial Teacher Training (ITT) Entry Criteria

The entry criteria for all post graduate Initial Teacher Training (ITT) is the same, so to be eligible for a School Direct or SCITT place supported by the Doncaster ITT Partnership, applicants must ensure that they meet all of the requirements of the relevant programme before applying for a place, as applications may be rejected if not.

As an accredited ITT provider, the Partnership must ensure that applicants have all of the following:

  • Achieved a Grade C or above in GCSE or standard equivalent (*see note 1.) in English and Mathematics;
  • If wishing to train to teach pupils aged 3-11 (i.e. Primary) additionally have achieved a Grade C or above in GCSE or standard equivalent (*see note 1.) in a science subject;
  • Attain a first degree of a United Kingdom Higher Education Institution (HEI) or equivalent qualification (*see notes 2 & 3);
  • That all entrants beginning ITT have passed the Professional Skills Tests (Numeracy & Literacy) prior to entry.

*Notes:

  1. Changes to GCSEs from A*-G to the new 1-9 grading requires a GCSE Grade 4 or above to be equivalent to a C or above pass;
  2. A first degree comprises 300 Higher Education (HE) credit points of which 60 must be at a level 6 of the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). Applicants with a foundation degree will need to supplement this qualification with at least 60 credits at level 6 (HE level 3) in order to attain an equivalent qualification;
  3. Applicants in the final year of their degree will have to provide their supporting school with evidence from the degree provider/lead tutor that the necessary grade will be obtained prior to the start of the programme in September. 

The Partnership must also ensure that all entrants, as part of the selection procedures, have taken part in a rigorous selection process designed to assess their suitability to teach. As such, it is essential that applicants have good ‘classroom experience’ and, whilst not required to have necessarily been employed in a school, high-calibre candidates will probably have gained at least 2-weeks voluntary school experience.

All tuition-fee paying ITT places (School Direct & SCITT) will be offered as full-time one-year placements and will lead to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), subject to students meeting the required Teachers’ Standards.

All applications for ITT programmes are made via the UCAS Application System

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SCITT

School Centred Initial Teacher Training is a ‘Tuition-fee’ paying teacher training route, with places awarded directly to the accredited ITT Provider (i.e. the Doncaster ITT Partnership) with applications made directly to the provider.

In our Partnership, SCITT students learn alongside their School Direct colleagues in the same Partner schools and receive the same levels of support and training, regardless of which programme they are on, as the training is delivered for and by the same schools through collaborative working. To apply for SCITT go to the UCAS Application System and look for places with the ‘Doncaster ITT Partnership’.

As a schools-based provider, the Partnership’s selection of SCITT Students mirrors that for School Direct, with Partner schools at the heart of the decision making process and so will involve in-school assessment and interviews of all short-listed candidates.


School Direct

The application process for School Direct requires applications either to be made to the ‘Lead School’ or to an ‘Alliance’ of schools which are supported by as their preferred accredited ITT Provider (i.e. The Doncaster ITT Partnership).

The Lead Schools in the Doncaster ITT Partnership each represent an Alliance of many other Schools, Academies, Special Schools and Pupil Referral Units (PRUs) who also support SCITT students, in addition to their own School Direct places.

The Partnership’s Lead Schools are:

To apply for School Direct please go to the UCAS Application System and look for places through the relevant Alliance (i.e. Primary or Secondary) working with the Doncaster ITT Partnership:

  • Primary – ‘Doncaster Partners in Learning Teaching School Alliance’

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  • Secondary – ‘Doncaster Regional Alliance For Teacher Training Secondary’ or ‘DRAFTTS’

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School Direct (Salaried)

The Partnership needs to make it very clear to potential applicants that although the School Direct (Salaried) training programme was originally promoted as a ‘replacement’ for the old Graduate Teacher Programme (GTP), that the criteria for places is substantially different to the GTP and there are only a limited number of places available in schools which have chosen to offer this type of training.

With a limit on the number of applications that anyone can make, an applicant without considerable classroom experience should first discuss their possible application with schools before applying, as schools will only consider the very best applicants for a salaried place.

Please see the following link or further information: School Direct Eligibility

The application process for School Direct requires applications either to be made to the ‘Lead School’ or to an ‘Alliance’ of schools which are supported by as their preferred accredited ITT Provider (i.e. The Doncaster ITT Partnership).

The Lead Schools in the Doncaster ITT Partnership each represent an Alliance of many other Schools, Academies, Special Schools and Pupil Referral Units (PRUs) who also support SCITT students, in addition to their own School Direct places.

The Partnership’s Lead Schools are:

To apply for School Direct (salaried) please go to the UCAS Application System and look for places through the relevant Alliance (i.e. Primary or Secondary) working with the Doncaster ITT Partnership:

  • Primary – ‘Doncaster Partners in Learning Teaching School Alliance’
  • Secondary – ‘Doncaster Regional Alliance For Teacher Training Secondary’ or ‘DRAFTTS’

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PGCE

All SCITT & School Direct QTS training can be enhanced with an optional PGCE programme, if preferred. Working with the University of Hull, trainee teachers can 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).

There is an additional cost for the PGCE, which is either paid via slightly higher tuition-fees or paid directly to the University of Hull by School Direct (Salaried) trainees (i.e. not eligible for tuition-fees).

The Partnership does not have a ‘PGCE‘ course to apply to on UCAS, as applications are made to the relevant School Direct or SCITT course, by phase (i.e. Primary) or Secondary subject (e.g. ‘Physics’ etc.). Once offered a place, successful applicants then choose whether to complete a ‘QTS only’ training programme or to do the ‘QTS plus PGCE’ option.

Masters (MA)

Once complete, Teachers can consider putting their PGCE’s 60 Credits at Level 7 towards completing their full Masters (MA). The University of Hull offers a number of MA programmes and most universities/colleges would accept the credits towards a relevant MA programme.

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