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Doncaster Partners in Learning Alliance Primary (22QT)

QTS full time with salary

Accredited body
Doncaster ITT Partnership
Financial support

Qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in state schools in England and may also allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Age range
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
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Course summary

As Doncaster’s ONLY Accredited ITT Provider, we aim to recruit to a cohort of up to about 40 Primary (mainly tuition-fee) places, with trainees placed in a wide range of Schools and Academies across Doncaster offering contrasting, yet complementary, experiences to trainee teachers.

Our programmes are not just about the ‘Lead School’ as they are instead driven by genuine ‘Alliances’ of contrasting Primary (and Secondary) Schools and Academies working together locally to deliver genuinely schools-based teacher training.

The Partnership offers high-quality schools-based training and a central training programme which is personalised to the needs of trainees and delivered by outstanding practitioners from our Alliance schools.

All trainees are allocated an experienced ITT Tutor, who, in addition to holding regular tutorials with their Tutor Group to share best practice and peer review, will also carry out support visits to trainees in their placement schools.

These visits comprise discussions with in-school Mentors and the school’s Training Coordinator, as well as a lesson observation of the trainee, if appropriate, and discussion of their evidence collation on an on-line ePortfolio system.

Visits are carried out each ½ term, with an initial ‘settling-in’ visit in the first half term of each placement, then a more in-depth visit towards the end of the 1st and 2nd placement terms.

A final (5th) visit in late May precedes the trainee’s Summative Assessment (June / July) ahead of awarding Qualified Teacher Status.

PGCE: All Partnership trainees have the option to enrol on an additional PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) course delivered by our University Partner’s Tutors at venues in Doncaster.

The PGCE is an internationally recognised teaching qualification and the programme is fully integrated into the main QTS course and enhances the in-school and central training by adding additional academic studies.

This enables 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).

Trainees do not have to complete a PGCE, as there is only a requirement to have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) to teach in England, so we offer the PGCE as an additional optional course.

This also offers the flexible submission of assignments to avoid peak workload periods during the ITT / QTS year.

Salaried Trainees must pay the University directly if they chose to do the PGCE.

School placements

Our school Alliance:

  • Woodfield Primary is the Lead School for the ‘Partners in Learning’ Alliance with over 100 schools in the Alliance;

Salaried Trainees will be based in their employing school for their 1st term, an agreed placement in a ‘contrasting’ school (usually, but not always from the start of the 2nd term) and will then return to their employing school to complete their training.

All placements are in Doncaster schools and all training is delivered within the Borough, including the optional PGCE programme, if completed.

Primary training can either be ages:

  • 3 to 7 (Foundation Stage & Key Stage 1) or;
  • 5 to 11 (Key Stages 1 & 2).

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English, maths or science.

Applicants without a GCSE will only be considered if they have the support of a Partner School.

Applicants awaiting a GCSE award or the results of an Equivalency Test should contact the Partnership for advice before applying.

Personal qualities

Applicants must be competent in Fundamental English and Mathematics and will be assessed for their ability to:

  • speak, listen and communicate using standard English grammar (clear pronunciation and vocabulary);
  • read fluently;
  • write clearly and legibly (correct spelling and punctuation);
  • complete mathematical calculations fluently (whole numbers, fractions, decimals and percentages);
  • solve mathematical problems using a variety of methods and approaches (estimating, rounding, sense checking answers, breaking down problems, explaining and justifying answers using appropriate language).

High-quality Salaried applicants will have had considerable classroom experience and will exhibit a genuine passion for teaching and supporting children’s learning.

Other requirements

Salaried applicants MUST be supported by their school, have considerable classroom experience and exhibit a genuine passion for teaching and supporting children’s learning.

Applicants must not have failed or withdrawn from a previous ITT programme unless there are exceptional circumstances, which must be discussed with schools.

As per any role in a school, you will have to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), prohibition, disqualification and health checks before taking up a training place.

Good luck with your applications!


Salaried trainees must be employed on at least the minimum pay rate applicable for a full-time unqualified teacher, but they must still have comparable access all other aspects of their teacher training.

Where applicable, grants will be shared with employing schools as agreed.

Salaried trainees wishing to undertake the optional PGCE course must make payments to the University Partner themselves.

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

Unlike some ITT Providers, a key factor of applying to train with Doncaster’s ‘Partners in Learning’ Alliance on either Primary School Direct (or SCITT) is that ALL training placements are in Doncaster schools.

Therefore trainees aren’t required to travel outside of the Local Authority (LA) area whilst training, whether they are on either the QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) only programme or completing the optional PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate of Education) in addition to QTS.

A comprehensive teacher development / training programme has been developed using outstanding teachers and other Specialists Leaders in Education (SLEs etc.) from across the Alliances of schools.

Trainees attend ‘Curriculum Development Sessions’ (i.e. mostly on a Friday) and, as well as valuing the training, trainees find the sessions invaluable in allowing them to build relationships with other trainees where they share resources, experiences and emotions. They have a good social life as well!

We do not differentiate between SCITT & School Direct, as to us they are the same.

All tuition-fee paying and salaried trainees also gain experience in local Partner Secondary Schools and Academies with a focus on transition and also in Partner Special Schools for additional experience with either: behavioural, medical or severely disabled pupils.

We also charge less than most other providers for a QTS only course, as we appreciate the need to keep costs down. We can do this because we are a genuinely schools-led partnership between the Local Authority, Teaching School Hub and partner schools and academies.

About the accredited body

We aren’t just ‘partnered’ with the Doncaster ITT Partnership, our Alliance of Schools is the Primary side of the Partnership, working alongside our Secondary Colleagues, Teaching School Hub and LA colleagues.

Based in Doncaster Council, the Partnership is Ofsted Inspected and has been successfully delivering Schools-based ITT in Doncaster since 2003.

The Partnership is the ONLY DfE Accredited ITT Provider in Doncaster and is one of only 5 in the whole of South Yorkshire!

Interview process

Applications need to be made to the Partnership who, in collaboration with Partner schools, complete an initial sifting process.

By applying, applicants are confirming that their details can be shared with relevant Partner Schools under current Data Protection regulations.

Applicants will then be informed by the Partnership if they have progressed to the schools’ recruitment process or not.

In-school assessments will include audits of literacy and numeracy skills, an interaction with pupils and an interview (which may be on-line) with either phase or subject specialists and senior Alliance colleagues. If successful at that stage, applicants would receive information from the Partnership about the next steps in their application.

Where possible, Primary applicants would be given the opportunity to select the area that they would like to be based in and would then be contacted by Partner schools in that area to arrange a time to meet them to discuss their application.

Our Alliance of schools then make the final decisions and will either (hopefully) confirm their offer of a training place in their school or, if not, provide reasons for not supporting an applicant.

If successful, the Partnership will then work with the school to make arrangements for induction onto the training programme to start in September. Part of this will involve starting to get to know the training school that you’ll be based in initially and will also include two induction days in June/July.

Further information can be found at: Doncaster ITT

International candidates

You’ll need the right to work in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to work in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for salaried courses is the Skilled Worker visa.

To apply for a Skilled Worker visa you need to be sponsored by your employer.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

All training venues and schools must meet statutory requirements for access, but individual needs will be accommodated wherever possible.

Contact this training provider

01302 737046
c/o Doncaster ITT Partnership
Civic Office, Waterdale
South Yorkshire

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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