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Are you considering a ‘career change’?

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 with the University of Hull ***

 Hull Uni
PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate of Education)

From September 2022, the Doncaster ITT Partnership are delighted to 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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GCSEs – ‘Equivalency Tests’ and Level 2 Qualifications

GCSEs:

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.

 

Equivalency Tests:

Birmingham City University (BCU) have developed an online GCSE equivalence option which is open to trainees applying to any provider. They are offering all three GCSE equivalencies.

An applicant, who is holding an offer at an ITT provider, will pay a one-off admin fee of £25 – irrespective of the number of equivalencies needed.  They will then pay an additional fee of £75 for Maths, £75 for Science and £90 for English.

This will give access to four areas of learning, which are run as online study sessions and which the candidate must engage with before taking the test.  An applicant will have the opportunity for two tests – a first attempt and a resit.

All of the tests will be marked by experienced GCSE Examiners and subject leads to provide assurance in regards consistency.  The charges are designed to cover costs and support development only.

Full details of the service can be found here.

Equivalency Testing co. also offer an on-line facility – their contact email is: info@equivalencytesting.com

Or we’ve heard good things about as do Maths Made Easy, who despite their name also do English & Science/Biology equivalency tests as well.

Alternatively, please enter an internet search for ‘Equivalency Testing‘  and select which organisation’s course you wish to apply to as these are just a selection that former applicants have recommend to us.

Once you have passed the test, we would accept this as an equivalence to the GCSE.

 

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.

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Fundamental English & Mathematics Criteria have replaced ‘Skills Tests’

First the good news, back in July 2019 the DfE announced that applicants for teacher training starting after Sep 2020 no longer had to pass the two Professional ‘Skills Tests’. However,  all trainee teachers are now be required to demonstrate that they meet ‘Fundamental English & mathematics’ criteria.

So ITT Providers will continue to ‘audit’ 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

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In the words of an ex-trainee . . .

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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Why do schools-based training?

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 £1,200 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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