Partnerships

The Trust is outward looking and intends to build upon the strong record of collaborative working which already exists at its founding school, St Clement Danes.

Its system leadership extends across a wide network of educational establishments. In 2008, Josephine Valentine was one of the first National Leaders in Education in Hertfordshire and was on the inaugural Board of Directors that set up Herts for Learning.


The Herts & Bucks Teaching School Alliance

St Clement Danes is the Lead School in the Herts & Bucks Teaching School Alliance, a collaboration of schools, universities and learning trusts in Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire. Within the Alliance, there are over 20 local primary and secondary schools sharing a common ethos focused upon the delivery of outstanding student outcomes. Whilst St Clement Danes is the Lead School, there is distributed leadership, with outstanding schools within the Alliance taking on responsibility for specific areas of provision such as Continuing Professional Development and Research & Development. Leadership arrangements are aimed at providing long term sustainability. All schools joining the Danes Educational Trust will automatically become part of this Alliance.


Challenge Partners

St Clement Danes is also the lead school of the Hertfordshire Challenge Partners Hub – another organisation of which schools joining the Trust will become a part. This is a national organisation of 400 primary and secondary schools at the cutting edge of school improvement, which builds long term capacity by organising constructive collaboration and peer to peer evaluation.


Science Learning Partnership

The school also leads a Science Learning Partnership across a wide area of London and the South East. Accessing national resources, the partnership promotes professional development for staff to generate high quality science teaching in all phases of education. Again, joiner schools will have priority access to this successful and developing organisation.

These partnerships demonstrate the Trust’s track record of collaborative working for school improvement. This collaborative approach will impact positively on teaching and learning at all schools within the Trust, whether it be the implementation of key findings from research and development projects undertaken within the Teaching School Alliance, or from joint INSET and Continuing Professional Development offered to staff from across schools within the Alliance and Challenge Partner Hubs.


An Excellent Record in School Improvement

A core element of the work of the Teaching School Alliance, facilitated by funds it obtained for this purpose, is the school improvement support programme. Schools requiring improvement have been supported through working with colleagues from outstanding schools to drive up standards. Over the last three years, eight schools across both secondary and primary phrases have been supported through executive leadership and business management deployment as well as subject specific support. Three out of the four secondary schools have moved from RI to good. Of four primary schools supported, two moved from RI to good, one improved from special measures to good and, in the fourth, the quality of teaching is now good. Currently, the Teaching School Alliance has been commissioned by the Department for Education to work with five secondary schools, a primary school and a UTC to bring about improvements in their Ofsted grading. No other Teaching School Alliance in the area has had greater success and supported more schools across both phases to deliver improved outcomes.

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  • 09:27 - 10/07/2018 64% of Primary children met expected standards in Reading writing and maths this year compared to 61% last year. Reflects the quality of teaching and leadership in primary sector.
  • 05:20 - 10/07/2018 One of the best MAT development sessions we’ve ever run with the Danes Educational Trust last Friday. What a positive, self-challenging, thoughtful and passionate group of senior leaders. Looking ahead to how their trust can prepare students for a fast-changing world.
  • 05:11 - 10/07/2018 The end of year newsletter is now available to read on the website https://t.co/SIDxes456e . Thank you to everyone who has helped make the year such a success!
  • 05:11 - 10/07/2018 We are hosting another FREE Physics TSST course for 2018 - 19. Specifically designed to develop the subject knowledge of qualified teachers who did not train as Physics teachers. For more information https://t.co/DA9uYeLLnb
  • 11:19 - 02/07/2018 Today is the day. Around 500 teachers from 6 different schools in our TSA coming together for a morning of inspiring key note speakers and curriculum group discussions. Adam Wright is just finishing with Andy Buck up next. https://t.co/0ppsMVOcOV
  • 11:18 - 02/07/2018 A pleasure to be at conference today here at , speaking to science teachers. https://t.co/jxqTlc7kz3
  • 08:34 - 10/06/2018 ICYMI Come and join the team! Exciting career opportunities at the school have just been advertised. Take a look: https://t.co/zMcW8tJFjo https://t.co/UlX5Tmzirx