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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 partnership 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:

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




University of Sheffield PGDE Partnership

We work closely with the University of Sheffield to train and develop future outstanding teachers. Trainee teachers work with a dedicated mentor and other professionals in their subject to acquire the classroom skills and pedagogical knowledge required to teach high quality lessons and inspire students. We work in partnership with the University of Sheffield in our mission to:

  • Provide student teachers with a high quality initial teacher education, equipping them to teach in a wide range of schools across the 11-19 age range
  • Enable student teachers to demonstrate all the required standards to achieve QTS but also enable them to develop their own individual strengths going beyond the standards
  • Allow student teachers the opportunity to receive 120 Masters credits which can contribute in the future to an MA, for example the MA in Applied Professional Studies in Education (part-time)
  • Encourage student teachers to take a critically informed interest in educational policies and practice that they encounter both in theory and in practice
  • Encourage student teachers to be critically reflective about their own practice
  • Encourage student teachers to take increasing responsibility for their own professional development
  • Provide student teachers with opportunities both at the university and in schools to work co-operatively with other student teachers and education professionals to develop a wide range of key skills.

Course enquiries

If you would like any additional information about the University of Sheffield’s undergraduate or postgraduate courses, please email or telephone the enquiries desk on +44 (0)114 222 8177.

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.