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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 and rewarding career path. Our diverse alliance of schools is extremely experienced and has been involved in delivering high quality teacher-training for many years.

Our course offers the opportunity to study for a PGCE during your ITT year, or you can choose to take the QTS only route with us. The PGCE is offered through The University of Hull.

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’ll 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. 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?

SCITT is School Centered Initial Teacher Training. 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 PCGE if you choose to.

Our approach is based on what our partnership Headteachers, who lead “good” and “outstanding” schools, are looking for in their Newly Qualified Teachers. 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.

This course entails 4 days per week in school, during which time in school 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.

There are three formally assessed teaching practices throughout the year. You will begin, and spend the majority of the year, in your ‘Home School’ and there will be the opportunity to complete one teaching practice in a contrasting school.

Whilst you can choose to take the QTS only route if this suits you best, you can also study for a PGCE on our programme. Our PGCE is delivered through the University of Hull. You will spend approximately 3 days over the year with your tutors from the University of Hull.

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.

QTS only route or QTS with PGCE?

The Hungerhill School Direct programme, accredited by the Sheffield SCITT, offers a ‘school based’ route. Our Leadership and Management Team at Hungerhill and the Sheffield SCITT firmly believe that training teachers in school, in real time, with outstanding serving teachers, is preparing and upskilling candidates for the profession and helps support retention and excelled career progression.

If you choose to come with us, your training package will be school based and your training input will also take place in a school. We do this to ensure that we can take you on learning walks across the schools so you can see in action the training that we are providing and so that you are learning from outstanding practicing teachers. We also believe that if you start the school year at the same time as students and staff, you will see the full calendar year in school. You will gain a wealth of experience in those early weeks when you are observing classes, students and how a school operates: this experience becomes really important when going to interviews and when you start your first teaching job the following September.

The decision about studying for QTS only or QTS with PGCE is entirely your decision. There are many benefits of studying for QTS only at rate of £7,850: you will concentrate on working towards meeting the teacher standards and you will not take part in the post graduate study sessions. This will ensure your time is entirely focused on becoming a qualified teacher. It is the QTS qualification that allows you to teach in English schools.

If you choose the QTS with PGCE option at a rate of £9,250, you will be working towards meeting the teacher standards. You will gain QTS whilst also studying for 60 post graduate credits across the year. You might then choose to use the 60 credits already studied as a contribution towards a Masters’ qualification at a later date. A myth in teaching is that everyone needs/holds a PGCE: this is not the case and the decision is entirely yours, you will not be at a detriment at interview for holding QTS only, unless the specification specifically states ‘educated to post graduate level’ which is very rare. Some overseas schools also require teachers to hold a PGCE.

For those of you on the QTS with PGCE route, we have teamed up with the University of Hull who will provide the input for the post graduate sessions of which there will be 3 across the year; dates to be confirmed. The University of Hull will also set and mark assignments. The Sheffield SCITT will be your QTS provider and University of Hull will be the postgraduate provider. On successful completion of the year, you will receive QTS from the Sheffield SCITT and a PGCE from the University of Hull. The two qualifications will be awarded from separate bodies, however, we are in close communication with each other and we collaboratively design the PGCE input.

NB)  When candidates apply on UCAS, you can apply for one or both options: if you apply for both, that will take up two selections on UCAS so you will only have 1 remaining.

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 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
  • South Axholme Academy, Epworth, Doncaster

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 for QTS with PGCE and £7850 for QTS only: this 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?

From 1 October 2019, you can search for teacher training courses using the Department for Education’s find tool and apply for teacher training via UCAS Teacher Training from 8 October 2019. For more details, visit  


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


We then shortlist and invite to interviews:

  • 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. In the stage 1 interview, 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 allows you to demonstrate your interpersonal and communication skills. Success at stage 1 will lead to a stage 2 interview.
  • Stage 2 interviews 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. We will also accept maths and English equivalency tests.  
  • If your qualifications are from overseas you will need to provide a NARIC certificate of comparability to UK qualifications.

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 a 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 2019-20 are: 16/10/19, 4/12/19, 12/2/20, 1/4/20.

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: