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Doncaster, DN1 3BU

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Primary – SCITT
Primary – School Direct
Biology – SCITT
Biology – School Direct
Business Studies – School Direct
Chemistry – SCITT
Chemistry – School Direct
Computing – SCITT
Computing – School Direct
Design and Technology – SCITT
Design and Technology – School Direct
Drama – School Direct
English – SCITT
English – School Direct
Geography – SCITT
Geography – School Direct
History – SCITT
History – School Direct
Mathematics – SCITT
Mathematics – School Direct
Modern Languages – SCITT
Modern Languages – School Direct
Physical Education – SCITT
Physical Education – School Direct
Physics – SCITT
Physics – School Direct
Religious Education – SCITT
Religious Education – School Direct
Social Sciences – SCITT
Social Sciences – School Direct

The Doncaster ITT Partnership was formed in 2002 to help Doncaster schools recruit, train and retain qualified teachers through ‘home-grown’ schools-based training. Since then the Partnership has trained hundreds of Primary and Secondary teachers. Most chose to stay and teach in Doncaster, often in their training school. Many have secured senior management positions and some are now responsible for coordinating and delivering teacher training in their own schools.

We believe our ‘model’ of Initial Teacher Training (ITT) works because the Partnership is more than just the sum of its parts: the Local Authority (Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council), local schools, academies and the University of Hull – it is a genuine Partnership of people who passionately believe that teacher training can and should be delivered with the student (or trainee) at the very heart of why and how we deliver training.

Headteachers, Training Coordinators, Mentors, Tutors and former Trainees from Partner schools and academies (Secondary, Primary & Special schools) all know what makes a difference to student teachers’ learning. Because of this they are best placed to steer the provider’s Strategic Management Board, enabling the Partnership to consistently deliver ‘Outstanding’ trainee attainment (Ofsted 2018).

All of our training is delivered in Doncaster at central training venues or in Alliance schools and academies. This includes the PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) which is delivered by colleagues from the University of Hull, at both face-to-face workshops and via on-line support.

Unlike most providers we do not insist that our trainees complete a PGCE, so this means that they don’t have to pay for the optional additional qualification if they don’t want to. However, we strongly advise completing the PGCE, as it enables trainees to progress through a programme of part-time study to achieve 60 credits at Level 7 and to the award of the PGCE, in addition to achieving their Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

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. The majority of our trainees chose to complete the PGCE in addition to their QTS, some as a good first step towards completing their Masters.

The Partnership doesn’t differentiate between SCITT & School Direct trainee teachers, as our schools share the same passion and vision when selecting and training future teachers for Doncaster. Students learn alongside each other regardless of which programme they are on, receiving the same levels of support and training, delivered for and by schools working collaboratively.

As a genuinely schools-based provider, we can do this as our schools are not just notionally ‘in partnership’ with an ITT provider they ARE the Partnership.

Training Team

With a background in Human Resources, retail & project management, Keith helped to form the Partnership in 2002, with the first schools-based trainees starting in September 2003.

Supported by the ITT Partnership Coordinator and the team of Primary & Secondary ITT Liaison Tutors, the ITT Partnership Manager responds to the strategic direction of the Partnership’s Strategic Management Board, which is co-Chaired by the two Alliance Lead Schools (Woodfield Primary School, and Hall Cross Academy).

Keith is passionate about Doncaster schools recruiting, training, retaining and continuing to develop high-quality teachers and is a long standing member of both the Regional ITT Provider and Schools-Based Provider Networks.

Having worked closely with schools since 2003 in various roles, Karen joined the Partnership Team in 2009 and has developed the ITT Partnership Coordinator role over the years to become an invaluable member of the team.

As the ITT Partnership Coordinator, Karen is both the trainees’ and schools’ first point of contact for any and all ITT related matters, as well as for prospective applicants wishing to find out more about schools-based ITT in Doncaster.

Acknowledged as an expert on ITT administration systems, Karen is now the Lead Administrator for the North of England for the National Association of School-Based Teacher Trainers (NASBTT).

A former Deputy Headteacher with over 30 years teaching experience, Pauline has worked with the Partnership supporting trainees & Mentors and delivering training since 2006.

She became the Primary Lead Tutor in 2019 and now manages a team of 5 other Primary tutors (all former Headteachers) who, working closely with partner schools, collectively oversee, support and quality assure the trainees’ development.

A former Deputy Headteacher, with over 35 years teaching experience, Dave joined the Partnership in 2015 as an ITT Tutor.

He became the Secondary Lead Tutor in 2019 and now manages a team of 3 highly experienced Secondary tutors who, working closely with partner schools, collectively oversee, support and quality assure the trainees’ development.

Partner Schools

Woodfield Primary School

Gurney Road, Balby, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN4 8LA

The Lead School for Primary – Partners in Learning Teaching School Alliance:

Woodfield Primary is a leading Academy in the Teaching School Alliance (‘Partners in Learning’) and is part of the Rose Learning Trust.

Teaching Schools are designated to take a lead role in leading the training and professional development of teachers, from Initial Teacher Training (ITT) to Headship as well as contributing to the raising of standards of the Alliance through school to school support.

Partners in Learning (Primary) has created an inclusive and productive partnership focused on the improvement of teaching and learning and improved outcomes for pupils across all schools within the Teaching School Alliance (TSA).

Almost 100 local Primary schools and academies are Associate Members of the Teaching School and around half of them support a trainee teacher on either the SCITT or School Direct routes each year.

The Teaching School utilises the expertise from across the large Primary Alliance to support and improve the quality of teaching and learning, the experience of students engaged in ITT and improve the outcomes for pupils within schools from across the region.

In 2017, Partners in Learning was designated as a ‘Research School’ in association with the Education Endowment Foundation.

Find out more about Partners in Learning at: https://www.partnersinlearning.org.uk

Hall Cross Academy

Thorne Road, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN1 2HY

Hall Cross Academy is the Lead School for Secondary – Doncaster Regional Alliance For Teacher Training Secondary (DRAFTTs):

Hall Cross is a vibrant community in which all are encouraged to develop as individuals, to work collaboratively and to reach their full potential, with a Mission to: support all learners to develop and define a sense of identity; refine their interests academically; be able to participate fully in an exciting community and feel valued for their contributions; make sense of the World as global citizens; have access to wide ranging opportunities and experiences beyond the classroom; enjoy a safe, secure and positive environment that cares about them as individuals to experience success and be recognised and rewarded.

The school believes that we must all hold each other to account to contribute to a dignified and mutually respectful environment. This belief underpins the standards and expectations for everyone at the school. They are committed to being more than just a school.

Ofsted graded the school as Good overall (Mar 2018) with a “strong and principled leadership [that] has created a can-do culture of aspiration across the school which improves the life chances of your pupils. You are ‘committed to the mission’”

As Lead School of an Alliance of 8 large and diverse Secondary schools, each able to offer their own unique and contrasting experiences to trainee teachers, Hall Cross co-Chairs the Doncaster ITT Partnership’s Strategic Management Board (alongside the Primary alliance) and steers the Doncaster Regional Alliance For Teacher Training Secondary (DRAFTTS).

Partner Secondary Schools in DRAFTTs

Armthorpe Academy
Mere Lane, Armthorpe, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN3 2DA

Campsmount Academy
Ryecroft Road, Norton, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN6 9AS

Ridgewood School
Barnsley Road, Scawsby, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN5 7UB

Sir Thomas Wharton Community College
Tait Avenue, Edlington, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN12 1HH

The Hayfield School
Hurst Lane, Auckley, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN9 3HG

The McAuley Catholic High School
Cantley Lane, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN3 3QF

XP School
Middle Bank, Doncaster, DN4 5NG

Partner Primary ‘Hub’ Schools in Partners in Learning

Hatchell Wood Primary School
Plumpton Park Road, Cantley, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN4 6SL

Highwoods Primary School
Highwoods Road, Mexborough, South Yorkshire, S64 9ES

Kirkby Avenue Primary School
Kirkby Avenue, Bentley, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN5 9TF

Long Toft Primary School
Church Road, Stainforth, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN7 5AB

Thorne King Edward Primary School
King Edward Road, Thorne, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN6 0AQ

Town Field Primary School
Thorne Road, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN1 2JS

Woodfield Primary School
Thorne Road, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN1 2JS

Other Partnership Primary Schools:

Auckley School
Balby Central Primary School
Barnburgh Primary School
Barnby Dun Primary Academy
Bawtry Mayflower Primary School
Bentley High Street Primary School
Bentley New Village Primary School
Bessacarr Primary School
Canon Popham Church of England Primary School
Carcroft Primary School
Dunsville Primary School
Edlington Victoria Primary School
Green Top Primary School
Hexthorpe Primary School
Hill Top Primary School
Kingfisher Primary School
Kirk Sandall Infant School
Kirk Sandall Junior School

Lakeside Primary School
Littlemoor Children’s Centre and School
Mallard Primary School
Marshland Primary School
New Pastures Primary School (Lower)
Norton Junior School
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Primary School
Owston Park Primary School
Richmond Hill Primary Academy
Rossington Tornedale Infant School
Sandringham Primary School
Scawsby Rosedale Primary School
Scawsby Saltersgate Infant School
Scawsby Saltersgate Junior School
Scawthorpe Castle Hills Primary School
Scawthorpe Sunnyfields Primary School
Shaw Wood Academy
Southfield Primary Academy
Thorne Brooke Primary School
Tickhill St Mary’s Church of England Primary and Nursery School
Toll Bar Primary School
Tranmoor Primary Academy
Waverley Primary School
West Road Primary School, Moorends
Willow Primary School