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Hungerhill School Hungerhill

ITT at Hungerhill

Train to Teach at Hungerhill School!

A high quality, hands-on teacher training programme, delivered by outstanding, practising teachers, providing you with the best environment in which to train.

Hungerhill School is the lead school in the Doncaster Partners in Learning Secondary Teaching School ITT Alliance. Our last Ofsted inspection was in October 2012, where we were acknowledged as being outstanding in all areas. We were designated as a Teaching School and a National Support School in August 2015 and in July 2017 we also became a Research School. We deliver ITT in partnership with The Sheffield SCITT, which is owned and run by Notre Dame High School, Sheffield. 

About our programme and the School Direct route:

Our mission is to recruit high quality candidates into teaching and retain them to meet the needs of our locality. Doncaster offers excellent opportunities for teacher training and for a continuing, rewarding career path. Our diverse alliance of school is extremely experienced and has been involved in delivering high quality teacher training for many years. 

Our partnership with sheffield SCITT

The Sheffield SCITT is owned and run by Notre Dame High School, Sheffield, which is not only an outstanding school but is also a National Teaching School with a strong background in teacher training.

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.

what is 'school direct'?

School Direct is an ideal choice for those of you who hope to secure a teaching post in the network of schools where you trained. It is all about training and learning in the very place you will eventually work in; the school itself! You will be part of a team from the very start, receiving personalised support from expert teachers and mentors: this means you won't be thrown in at the deep end but will gradually be able to find your feet in the classroom.

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). All this means that school-led courses have very high rates of employment and trainee satisfaction.

Find out more on the DFE’s ‘Get into teaching’ website:

what is a 'scitt' and why choose this route?

With School Direct, you're selected for training by the ITT team at Hungerhill in partnership with the Sheffield SCITT. 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 PGCert.

Our approach is based on what our partnership headteachers, who lead "good" and "outstanding" schools, are looking for in their Newly Qualified Teachers. They do not require the traditional, University-based PGCE qualifications (although our course does include Master's accreditation). Our headteachers recognise the quality of trainees who have spent the whole year in school, experiencing the full calendar cycle of the school year and being involved in every aspect of the professional teacher's role in their schools. They find teachers trained this way are better prepared for the rigours of qualified teaching and progress more quickly in their careers in their schools.

what does our programme involve?

Hungerhill School is committed to providing quality first teacher training. We continually develop and review our programme of study to make it current and relevant.

We are a QTS provider but we also offer a PGCert through the University of Sheffield. If you study for QTS plus PGCert you will also spend approximately 10 days over the year at university. The PCCert gives you Master’s Degree Accreditation of 60 units: you can keep this open to work towards a full Master’s degree later in your career or ‘cash it in’ as a PGCert qualification. This Masters’ content will prepare you to be an outstanding teacher and future school leader. You will be at the cutting edge of education innovation from the start of your career, developing skills such as critical evaluation and reflective learning.

You will have a personal handbook to map your training progress against the Teachers’ Standards: this will be tracked and assessed by your mentors and tutors over the year. This will allow you to see where you are strong; where you have passed standards and where you need to collect more evidence to gain Qualified Teacher Status. The University partners we work with have a range of assessment techniques but passing, failing or not completing a Masters’ assessment will have no bearing on your progress towards QTS.

This course entails 4 days per week in school, during which time you will be guided by an experienced mentor. They will introduce you to school life and help you to learn how to teach your subject as you work your way through the Teachers’ Standards.

On one day per week you will take part in study days with fellow trainees in our training centre on the Hungerhill School site. This involves specialist input from the best practitioners who will help you develop your practical classroom skills as well as a deep theoretical understanding of subject specific pedagogy. You will be trained on varied aspects such as how to walk and talk like a teacher, plan lessons effectively, behaviour management and how to really stretch and challenge students.

Our 100% school-based approach means you will experience the full cycle of the school year from welcoming and settling new students in September to celebrating the success of students in July: by the end you will be ready to embark on your first full year as an NQT.

what subjects do we offer?

We offer non-salaried School Direct training in the following secondary subjects:

  • Art and Design
  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Computing
  • Design and Technology
  • English
  • Food
  • Geography
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Foreign Languages
  • Physical Education
  • Physics

which schools could i train in?

At Hungerhill, we offer choice in terms of the type of school and location across the Doncaster area to train and work in: at the same time we remain small enough to know every trainee as an individual and meet your personal training needs.

Secondary Schools in the Doncaster Partners in Learning Secondary Teaching School ITT Alliance:

  • Maltby Academy, Maltby
  • Saint Bernard’s Catholic High School, Rotherham
  • Sir Thomas Wharton Academy, New Edlington, Doncaster
  • Beverley Grammar School, Beverley
  • South Axholme Academy, Epworth, Doncaster

do i need a pgce to be a teacher?

You don't need a PGCE to teach in England. You just need QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) to teach in any maintained school in England and Wales. We don't offer a PGCE as we believe the high number of assignments can detract from what is truly important: becoming outstanding in the classroom. We do, however, believe in the value of research and how this can impact positively in the classroom if it is done in a manageable and effective way. For this reason we provide the opportunity to gain 60 Master’s level credits, accredited by the University of Sheffield, during your ITT and NQT years.

what funding is available to help me in my training year?

As with all teacher training routes, you could be eligible for a training bursary (or, where appropriate, scholarship) and can apply for the more financial support, such as student loans.

Fees are £9250 which can be paid privately or with a student loan. Bursaries or scholarships of up to £30 000 are available in some subjects depending on your degree class.

For full details on finance visit

how do i apply?

You can apply on the UCAS website. You'll need to register with UCAS before you can apply. Visit Get into Teaching for guidance on applying for teacher training.

When you apply you will need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:

  • Training provider code: 298
  • Training programme code: dependent on subject chosen (see UCAS website)


You’ll also need to choose a training location and give the relevant training location code.

Please note that your application cannot be processed until your references are completed.


We then shortlist and invite to interviews held at Hungerhill School:

  • Most interviews will only involve stage 2 (detailed below) however for over-subscribed subject areas where there are limited places, such as PE, stage 1 interviews will be carried out first. These are held at Hungerhill School and you will be required to participate in a group activity, which involves being able to take part in a discussion and reflect upon your contributions. This task not only assesses your awareness of education issues but also allow you to demonstrate your interpersonal and communication skills. Success at stage 1 will lead to a stage 2 interview.
  • Stage 2 interviews also take place at Hungerhill School and are led by the ITT coordinator and a subject specialist. The interview process will include a formal interview about subject knowledge and teaching methods, as well as a 15 minute teaching activity. We will then ask you to write a written reflection on your teaching activity. We also ask you to sit mock numeracy and literacy papers to help us identify if you will need support to pass your skills tests.

what are the entry requirements, and what experience do i need?

To be considered for the Hungerhill School Direct programme, you would need:

  • A relevant degree (where the majority of the content is related to the subject you will be teaching):  if you don't have a relevant degree you will need to have an A level in the subject you want to teach.
  • GCSE grade C or 4 in Maths and English.

If your degree isn't directly related to your subject or your knowledge a little rusty you might find a Subject Knowledge Enhancement programme helps you. These programmes are often funded as they are part of a government-lead initiative. We would be happy to supply further information and support your application for a course like this once you have applied to us.

We are looking for ambitious trainees who:

  • are passionate and enthusiastic about teaching
  • care about our schools, the communities they serve and the special ethos each school has
  • show potential to become the next generation of outstanding teachers

Recent and relevant work experience is also important but is not obligatory to apply for teacher training. Recent experience of working in a classroom in the age range you wish to teach means you should have a good awareness of how schools operate and teaching in action. Applicants should be able to demonstrate how they have engaged, communicated with and inspired young people.

The School Experience Programme is a great way to find a structured placement in school which is committed to supporting people into teacher training. If you would like to book onto a School Experience day at Hungerhill School please use the following link:

can i see the school and get more information?

We would be delighted to welcome you for a visit to Hungerhill School at any point in your application process or for work experience through the School Experience programme.

School experience dates for 2018-19 are: 16/10/18, 4/12/18, 12/2/19, 2/4/19.

If you cannot make any of these dates then we can work with you to find a suitable, alternative date.

If you would like more information, please contact us using the following email address: