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Support for your application and Skills Tests

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All of our 2022-23 courses are now on the DfE FIND System

APPLY for Schools-based ITT in Doncaster for 2022-23 (opened on 12th Oct 2021):

Applications opened on Tue 12th Oct 2021, so please go to the DfE’s Find Postgraduate Teacher Training” (opened on 5th Oct 2021) to search for training places, then (from 12th Oct 2021) go to the DfE ‘Apply’ system (or www.UCAS.com) to apply for SCITT & School Direct places with the Doncaster ITT Partnership  for 2022-23.

 

Search for ‘Doncaster‘ then, for:

SCITT – ‘Doncaster ITT Partnership’ (Primary & Secondary)

Or for School Direct:

Primary* – ‘Doncaster Partners in Learning Alliance’
Secondary – ‘Doncaster Regional Alliance For Teacher Training Secondary’ (‘DRAFTTS’)

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We will be  especially interested in receiving applications for certain ‘Priority‘ Secondary subject areas that offer a Bursary Grant or Scholarship:

  • Physics;
  • Chemistry;
  • Computing;
  • Mathematics.

And:

  • Design Technology (esp. Resistant Materials);
  • Geography:
  • Modern Languages:
    • French & Spanish (possibly German, if with Spanish / French)
  • Biology

We will also be looking to fill a number of Secondary subjects (in addition to the above) that do not have a Bursary, inc:

  • Art & Design;
  • Business Studies;
  • Dance;
  • Drama;
  • English;
  • History;
  • Music;
  • Physical Education – see notes below* ;
  • Religious Education;
  • Social Science.

And of course:

  • Primary:
    • Teach either:
      • Foundation Stage (‘Early Years’) and Key Stage 1 (Infants);
      • or
      •  Key Stage 1 & 2 (Infants & Junior ages)

Good luck with your applications!

*NOTES:

Please note that PE is always very heavily over subscribed and places are always quickly filled, so please consider if you have the relevant skills, experience or degree (i.e. Sports ‘Science’) to perhaps consider applying for another subject (e.g. Biology or Primary etc.).

*PE & EBacc subject:

The DfE have again committed to supporting a limited number of additional PE places where the applicant has: a good A-Level pass in a relevant EBacc subject; can demonstrate an ability to develop their subject knowledge (SKE may be available) and train to teach ‘some’ of that subject in addition to PE. All assessments for the award of QTS will still be based on the PE element of training, but will enable the trainee to be considered for a teaching timetable that included the EBacc subject in future. 

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Applying for Student Loans

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 2022-23):

  • ‘QTS ONLY’ (£8,050) or;
  • ‘QTS and PGCE’  (£9,250) – (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.

*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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*** ‘Drop-in’ sessions in Doncaster***

Need to talk to someone about your application?

It’s always great to meet with and talk to potential applicants wanting to apply to train to teach in Doncaster, so if you have queries about our training programme or if you want to discuss any aspect of your application, then please let us know when its convenient for you from the following dates and we’ll arrange to ‘see’ you at one of our 1-2-1 ‘Drop-in’ sessions:

2021

Book a Place if you would like to attend a time slot between 10am and 4pm on:

  • Wed 3rd Nov
  • Tue 16th Nov
  • Tue 30th Nov
  • Tue 14th Dec

Confirmation of dates/times and details of further Drop-in Sessions will be posted here once finalised.

We’ll have more events after Christmas, so please check back here for dates

If none of these are convenient for you, please let us know through the ‘Contact Us’ and we’ll try and arrange an alternative time to speak to you.

We look forward to seeing you!

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Previous Events:

Also look out for other posts with details of the DfE (Department for Education) Train to Teach Roadshows taking place in the Region and our own Teach Yorkshire on-line Events.

  

*** Train to Teach in Yorkshire – Sheffield (Tue 23rd Nov 2021) ***

The DfE are now holding a mix of in-person and virtual events.

So to find out more about university and local schools-based teacher training in Yorkshire and to discuss your application to the Doncaster ITT Partnership, visit us at the DfE’s Train to Teach Event Sheffield to help you to Teach Yorkshire!

  

We’ll be at:

  • Mercure Sheffield St Paul’s Hotel & Spa, Sheffield on Tue 23rd Nov 2021 between 4:30pm – 7:30pm

Book a place to attend

Who are these events for?

These events are designed for anyone who is interested in teaching – particularly those who are considering starting their teacher training in September 2022. 

 What to expect:

If you attend an event you’ll be able to:

  • discuss the different university & local schools-based teacher training options available, to help you decide which would best suit you;
  • meet representatives from universities and our own & other local schools-based deliverers of teacher training in this area, and find out about courses and entry requirements;
  • receive advice on submitting a successful DfE Apply application;
  • talk to practising teachers, including those who have changed career to teach, about what a career as a teacher is really like;
  • find out about bursaries, scholarships and funding available for teacher training.

To register for your FREE place go to the DfE website

So Save the Date’ and we’ll look forward to seeing you there in Sheffield

But if you can’t wait to see us at this event, then please see watch out for our on-line ‘Drop-in’ sessions and ‘come along’ to discuss your application for teacher training in Doncaster.

We look forward to meeting you at one of these these events.

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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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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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