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 the lead school for teacher training for the Doncaster ITT Partnership (SCITT) & the Doncaster Regional Alliance For Teacher Training Secondary (DRAFTTs).
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:
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
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.