Doncaster Partners in Learning Alliance Geography (V556)

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
Doncaster ITT Partnership
Financial support
Bursaries and student finance are available if you’re eligible
Qualification
QTS

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
11 to 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
http://www.doncasteritt.co.uk

Contents

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 and a range of Secondary subjects from Art & Design to Physics, with trainees placed in a wide range of Schools and Academies across Doncaster offering contrasting, yet complementary, experiences to trainee teachers.

Our programmes are led by genuine ‘Alliances’ of contrasting Primary & 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 or on-line.

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.

School placements

Our school-direct Alliances work collaboratively with the Doncaster ITT Partnership as the ‘Partners in Learning Alliance’, with the Secondary Alliance known as ‘DRAFTTs’ (Doncaster Regional Alliance For Teacher Training Secondary), an Alliance representing the majority of Doncaster’s larger Secondary academies.

Trainees will be based in one placement training school for their 1st term, a genuinely ‘contrasting’ placement school for the majority of the 2nd term and then either: return to their initial training school; stay on in their 2nd placement or in some cases move to a 3rd placement school for the final term, based on their individual training needs.

All placements are in Doncaster schools and all training is delivered within the local area, 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) and; Secondary training is 11 to 16/18 (Key Stages 3 & 4 with some KS5 experience).

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent. This should be an honours degree (Third or above), or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in geography or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

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

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

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

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 applicants will have had some classroom experience and will exhibit a genuine passion for teaching and supporting children’s learning.

Other requirements

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!

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £8,050.

Tuition-fees for SCITT & School Direct for 2023-24 are:

  • £8,050 for QTS
  • £9,250 for QTS + PGCE

The PGCE is optional and applicants can decide whether to undertake the additional course (i.e. in addition to their QTS training) after being accepted onto the training programme.

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 or Secondary School Direct (or SCITT) is that ALL training placements are in Doncaster schools.

Therefore trainees aren’t required to travel outside of the local 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 Primary/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 Primary & Secondary Alliances of Schools are the Partnership, working alongside the Teaching School Hub and Local Authority 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 are 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 or on-line assessments will include tests of literacy and numeracy skills, an interaction with pupils (if possible) and an interview 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.

Secondary applicants deemed successful at initial short-listing will be invited to attend an interview and assessment in an Alliance school (or on-line), but this may not be the eventual training school.

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 induction days in June/July with fellow Trainees, school Mentors and Partnership ITT Tutors.

Further information can be found at: Doncaster ITT

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study 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 study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

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

Email
ittpartnership@doncaster.gov.uk
Telephone
01302 737046
Website
http://www.doncasteritt.co.uk
Address
c/o Doncaster ITT Partnership
Civic Office, Waterdale
Doncaster
South Yorkshire
DN1 3BU

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

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).

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