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Teacher training

Ridgewood School is proud to be involved in the training of new teachers for the profession and offers an outstanding programme of support and learning to trainee teachers. We are a host school for teacher training for the Doncaster ITT Partnership (SCITT) & Doncaster Regional Alliance For Teacher Training Secondary (DRAFTTs), YTCA – Yorkshire Three Counties Alliance SCITT and Hungerhill School Direct Programme.

If you are interested in becoming a teacher, please see below for details.

What is ‘School Direct’?

The programme lasts a year, and you’ll train in at least two good schools. The principles of academic rigour in a School Direct programme are the same as on university-led courses. School Direct courses all result in qualified teacher status (QTS). 

What is a ‘SCITT’ and why choose this route?

School Centred Initial Teacher Training.  Choosing a SCITT gives you an alternative route into teacher-training that allows you to be trained by experienced, practising teachers in a school-based setting, as well as completing a University Accredited PGCE.


Doncaster ITT Partnership & DRAFTTs:

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 and is the ONLY Accredited ITT Provider in Doncaster.

As a member of DRAFTTs, the school has access to Doncaster ITT Partnership’s three accredited postgraduate ITT programmes:

School Direct:

1. Salaried – Trainees are employed by the school as unqualified teachers while they train;
2. Tuition-fee – Student teachers are based in schools.

School Centred ITT:

3. SCITT – A tuition-fee paying programme with student teachers based in schools.

The Doncaster ITT Partnership & DRAFTTs do not differentiate between SCITT & School Direct trainee teachers, as Partner 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.

Working with the University of Hull, trainee teachers can choose to progress through an optional programme of part-time study to the award of 60 Masters Credits all at Level 7 and to the award of PGCE, in addition to achieving Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

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

For further information please contact the ITT partnership:

Telephone: 01302 737046/737396




What do YTCA do?

The Yorkshire Three Counties SCITT (YTCA) enables a mixed economy of training and provides an opportunity to “grow” our own talent. It provides the opportunity to invest in all of the communities across three counties of very different social and economic needs, to develop established staff, and to enhance all school improvement agendas whilst producing outstanding classroom teachers.

What are the vision, purposes and required outcomes?

All students in all of the training schools have a right to be taught by outstanding teachers.

Therefore the YTCA will:

  • Select trainees with the potential to be outstanding teachers
  • Provide challenging, stimulating and inspirational training designed to create inspirational teachers
  • Support new trainees to achieve Master’s degrees
  • Prepare trainees for future leadership roles within the profession

For further information please contact Minsthorpe Community College by emailing or calling 01977 657600.


What do Hungerhill do?

Hungerhill School is the lead school in the Doncaster Partners in Learning Secondary Teaching School ITT Alliance. Their last OFSTED inspection was in October 2012, where they were designated as being outstanding in all areas. In August 2015 they became both a Teaching School and a National Support School. They deliver School Direct as a lead school for the Sheffield SCITT, which is owned and run by Notre Dame High School, Sheffield. 

Their mission is to recruit high quality candidates into teaching and retain them to meet the needs of our locality. 

Hungerhill chose to be a lead school for the Sheffield SCITT because of their excellent teacher training programme and their high success rate in producing outstanding trainees who are well-equipped for the high demands of teaching. In 2015, 100% of the Sheffield SCITT trainees passed and were offered jobs.

More information

Please visit the Hungerhill website for more detail on the programme.

Also have a look at their ITT Facebook page for more information:                                             

Important Notices:
The National College for Teaching & Leadership (NCTL) are currently accommodating requests from School Direct Lead Schools and ITT Providers for alternative or additional places, including School Direct (salaried) places in certain subjects, so please check the How to Apply section on their website for details, as these may change.