A selection of frequently asked questions can be found below, if you can't find the information you need below then please don't hesitate to contact us:
- What qualifications do I need to apply?
- Which schools are involved?
- What are my training options?
- Do you offer a PGCE and do I have to do it?
- What are the current grants, fees & bursaries?
- How do I apply?
- Do I need school experience to apply?
- What’s the difference between schools-based and university-based training?
- How can I contact you?
What qualifications do I need to apply?
- A UK Bachelor’s Degree (preferably 2:2 or above) or equivalent;
- At least a Grade C (or the new Level 4) or above/equivalent pass in GCSE English and Maths, plus a Science if applying for Primary.
Which schools are involved?
There are a wide range of Primary and Secondary schools are already involved in the Doncaster ITT Partnership, but our 'Lead Schools' are:
What are my training options?
All ITT programmes lead to gaining Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) which entitles successful trainees to teach in England as a qualified teacher. We also offer a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate of Education), but this is not required in order to become a qualified teacher and so is not mandatory if you train with us.
Do you offer a PGCE and do I have to do it?
Yes, we are delighted to be able to offer an optional Level-7 PGCE from the University of Hull. The Partnership delivers the majority of the training programme with additional input and academic support provided by the University, all delivered at sessions held in Doncaster or on-line. You do not have to complete the additional PGCE if you would prefer not to.
What are the current grants, fees & bursaries?
Tuition-fee based School Direct & SCITT programmes requires trainees to fund the cost of their training through the Student Loans Company (SLC). Trainees may also be eligible for a Maintenance Loan.
Fees for 2022-23 are:
- £8,050 for ‘QTS only’, and;
- £9,250 for the ‘PGCE and QTS’.
School Direct (Salaried) trainees do not pay tuition-fees (and are not eligible for maintenance loans), as they are employed as unqualified teachers in their training schools, so they receive a ‘salary’ (at least the minimum Scale Point 1 for an Unqualified Teacher). The DfE provides a ‘Training Grant’ for some Secondary subjects which covers the cost of the QTS training, so there is no cost to the trainee.
For 2022-23 see the DfE's Bursaries & Scholarship grants
Eligible students receive Bursaries over 10 consecutive monthly payments from October to July.
How do I apply?
Go to the DfE's site: Find Postgraduate Teacher Training Courses
Then applications are made on the DfE’s: Apply System
- ‘Doncaster ITT Partnership’ - Primary & Secondary SCITT;
- ‘Doncaster Partners in Learning’ - Primary School Direct, or;
- ‘Doncaster Regional Alliance For Teacher Training Secondary’ - Secondary School Direct.
Do I need school experience to apply?
No. The Partnership ensures that all applicants take part in a rigorous selection process designed to assess their suitability to train to teach. However, most successful applicants will have had ‘some’ in-school experience (i.e. employed or volunteering). Higher-calibre candidates will probably have gained at least a few weeks experience, if at all possible.
Applicants with no school or other relevant experience should consider whether they feel they will be able to meet the exacting requirements of the selection process or whether it would be better to seek some in class experience prior to applying.
For a 'Salaried' place, applicants should discuss their possible application with their school before applying.
What’s the difference between schools-based and university-based training?
Doncaster ITT Partnership Trainees are based in schools for the full year of the training, part of which involves at least a half-term 2nd Placement in a contrasting school (this is usually a full-term for most trainees).
Central training sessions are held at various local schools and venues in Doncaster (or on-line) throughout the year. Trainees are also involved in individual and whole school training within their Placement schools. Trainees are allocated a school-based 'Mentor' and are supported by a Partnership ITT Tutor.
University-based training generally involves more 'on-campus' training with several school 'placements' throughout the year at different schools, potentially spread over a very wide area - often up to an hour or more travel from your home.
University-based programmes include a PGCE, with no choice as to whether you do it or not and typically delivered at the university campus. With the Doncaster ITT Partnership you do not have to complete the PGCE, but you have the option if you want to, with all training delivered in Doncaster or on-line. Remember, you don't 'need' a PGCE - you only need QTS to become a qualified teacher in England.
How can I contact you?
Go to our contact us page, you'll find lots of ways there.