Doncaster Regional Alliance For Teacher Training Secondary Modern Languages (36QF)

QTS full time

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

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
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


About the course

As Doncaster’s ONLY Accredited ITT Provider, we aim to recruit to 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 not just about the ‘Lead School’ as they are instead driven by genuine ‘Alliances’ of contrasting Secondary (and Primary) 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.

School placements

Our school Alliance:

  • Hall Cross Academy heads up ‘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 school for their 1st term, a ‘contrasting’ placement school for the majority of the 2nd term and then either: return to their initial placement 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 Borough, including the optional PGCE programme, if completed.

Secondary training is 11 to 16/18 (Key Stages 3 & 4 with some KS 5 experience).

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

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

For MFL, we are seeking applicants with some fluency in either Spanish or French with a reasonable grasp of the other.

Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses can be taken to enhance a 2nd language

Demand for other European languages is very limited.

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 2022 to 2023 are £8,050.

Tuition-fees for SCITT & School Direct for 2022-23 are:

  • £8050 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 the Doncaster Regional Alliance For Teacher Training Secondary (‘DRAFTTS’) on School Direct (or SCITT) is that ALL training placements are in Doncaster schools.

Trainees are not required to travel outside of the Local Authority (LA) area whilst training, whether they are on 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!

Trainees also gain experience in local Partner Primary Schools, with a focus on transition, and in Partner Special Schools for additional experience with either: behavioural, medical or severely disabled pupils.

We do not differentiate between our School Direct and SCITT (i.e. the Doncaster ITT Partnership), as to us they are the same.

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 Secondary side of the Partnership, working alongside our Primary 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. 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 (if possible) 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.

Secondary applicants deemed successful at initial short-listing will be invited to attend an interview and assessment in/with an Alliance school, 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 two induction days in June/July.

Further information can be found at: Doncaster ITT

International students

We cannot sponsor visas. You’ll need to get the right visa or status to study in the UK.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

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 Get Into Teaching 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 speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

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