Prior to the end of March 2018, the National College for Teaching & Leadership (NCTL) were responsible to the Department for Education (DfE) for overseeing Initial Teacher Training (ITT), after which the majority of their responsibilities and functions were taken back into the direct control of the DfE.
Applicants starting ITT training courses need to pass the tests (Numeracy & Literacy) before starting their course.
How to apply for Teacher Training
For places up to and including the 2018-19 cohort of trainees, applications to apply for School Direct or SCITT places were made via the UCAS Application System, but for 2019-20 the DfE are planning to use a new application system, developed jointly with UCAS which should be launched in Autumn 2018 (tbc)
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UCAS Introductory Video
The animation covers the key timings and explains what to expect during the application process, which may differ with the new DfE system but will be a ‘rough guide’.
Each Lead School represents an Alliance of other schools and academies in either Primary or Secondary phases and includes relevant Special Schools and PRUs.
School Direct places are available in some of the best Primary and Secondary schools in Doncaster on a one year full-time programme. Financial support is available throughout the training for eligible applicants. Successful completion of the programme will lead to the award of qualified teacher status (QTS), with or without the optional PGCE.
School Centred Initial Teacher Training programmes are designed and delivered by groups of local schools and academies. Students spend more time training in the classroom, putting theory into practice and gaining confidence through increased contact with the school environment. Taught by experienced, practising teachers, and tailored towards student’s needs, all SCITT courses lead to qualified teacher status (QTS), with or without the optional PGCE.
With the Doncaster IT Partnership, our SCITT & School Direct trainee teachers all experience exactly the same selection process and benefit from the same high quality training experiences within the same alliances of schools. There is no differentiation between the training programmes because our partner schools ARE the Partnership.
Qualified teacher status (QTS) is the accreditation that enables successful trainees to teach in state-maintained and special schools in England and Wales. Trainee teachers must meet all aspects of the Teachers’ Standards relevant to the award of QTS.
The DfE are currently reviewing QTS and the NQT Induction Standards, but until more information is made available as a consequence of this review we can only publish the current information.
Working with the University of Hull, or 2018-19 trainee teachers can progress through a programme of part-time study to Level 7 and to the award of PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate of Education), in addition to achieving Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
All training is delivered in Doncaster, with additional input and academic support provided by the University of Hull, delivered at both face-to-face workshops and via on-line support.
Whilst not required to teach in England & Wales, this academically based and internationally recognised teaching qualification underpins and enhances the QTS training.
Please note that due to Government contract regulations we are currently re-tendering for our PGCE provision for our 2019-20 cohort so it may be, on completion of this exercise, that we continue to work with the University of Hull or it may be another PGCE provider / university.
Once complete, Teachers can consider putting their PGCE’s 60 Credits at Level 7 towards completing their full Masters (MA). Like most other universities, the University of Hull offers a number of MA programmes and most universities/colleges would accept the credits towards a relevant MA programme.
School Experience Programme
The School Experience Programme (SEP) gives prospective applicants for Initial Teacher Training (ITT) the opportunity to spend one or more observation days in school to gain an insight into the role and responsibilities of a teacher.
Student Loans Company
Tuition-fees required for training are paid via the Student Loans Company (SLC).
Return to Teaching
If you are already a qualified teacher who has been out of teaching for a while, but now want to return to the profession, then please find out what support you can get to help you.