Led by Louisa Leonard at St Clement Danes School and Chris Price at Chancellor’s School, Danes Educational Trust: ‘The Partnership’ provides exceptional teacher training for graduates and career changers who have chosen to become teachers. We also support the further development of Early Career Teachers (ECTs) through well-established partnership arrangements with Best Practice Network. Working closely with Kate Brown at The Dr Challoner’s High School: Bucks Hub and other partners across our nexus means that we offer a carefully designed programme which integrates trainees and ECTs into contrasting school settings where they can develop their ability to teach and learn collaboratively.

If you wish to teach with us in the following areas… 
Borehamwood, Potters Bar,
Hemel and Hatfield 
South-West Hertfordshire 
(including Watford)
Contact Chris Price   Contact Louisa Leonard  Contact Kate Brown 




In partnership with the University of Hertfordshire, we offer the School Direct, School Direct Salaried and Assessment Only routes into teaching. Mentor allocation and training is robust, drawing upon the expertise of the University of Hertfordshire as well as Best Practice Network and Herts for Learning alongside our own in-house training and support. We also host PGCE trainees across subject disciplines from the Institute of Education (UCL), Goldsmith’s University, Middlesex University and King’s College University of London.

Danes Educational Trust: ‘The Partnership’ has considerable experience of training teachers and supporting Early Career Teachers (ECTs), both recognising and valuing the enthusiastic contribution that they make to our school communities. Colleagues at our training schools share their knowledge and good practice to ensure that trainees and ECTs are well supported to develop into inspiring teachers and future leaders.

Our programmes are structured to allow trainees and ECTs to develop the skills required to teach the subject that they are training in and to develop specific expertise for making a distinctive contribution to practice in their setting.

Throughout the academic year, ‘The Partnership’s’ rich continuing professional development sessions (CPDL), combined with our bespoke induction programme, supports the development of workplace pedagogy, enabling both our trainees and ECTs to forge relationships beyond their immediate context.

School Direct placements are full-time with four days in school and one day at The University of Hertfordshire. Placements start on 1st September 2022 and finish on 30th June 2023. Training takes place in two contrasting school settings and is supported by experienced in-school mentors and university-based tutors.


You can apply to Train to Teach with Danes Educational Trust from October 2021 via APPLY. Your window to do so is open until 30th June 2022. We offer both salaried and unsalaried courses. Please click tabs for our Primary and Secondary course pages.


  • 09:52 - 20/09/2021 Our first DET Dispatch of the academic year welcomes our three new primary schools; Lanchester, Jupiter and Ascot Road. We hope you enjoy getting to know them. https://t.co/318QjeMT46
  • 05:59 - 17/09/2021 Congratulations to our prize winners at last night's Speech Day with thanks to our speakers Ms Rachel Brindley, Director Of Secondary Education , MP for SW Hertfordshire & Mr Martin Day Chair of Governors https://t.co/e0pLaNAvZh
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  • DanesEdTrust Image03:48 - 15/09/2021 We have a new opening for a Science Technician at This is a great opportunity to work in new science labs in an extremely well resourced school. For more information see the link below. https://t.co/jgFC8OCL2f https://t.co/Rt0KI0GciD
  • DanesEdTrust Image09:45 - 10/09/2021 Welcome to Chris Marks who joins us as Director of Education (Primary), leading on school improvement across our primary schools & responsible for Safeguarding, Equality & Diversity & Inclusion across all phases. Chris, we are delighted you are making the difference with us. https://t.co/ouKMgXAFWn
  • 08:39 - 08/09/2021 Thank you so much for your time and expertise for DCHS, Chris and Louisa as we develop our collaborative and rich training offer in partnership with , and . What an early evening! https://t.co/cZ7bfLxMfY
  • DanesEdTrust Image05:06 - 08/09/2021 Overjoyed to host our first live cross-trust induction, welcoming over 70 colleagues from our nine schools. CEO Josie Valentine’s opening address reminds us of our responsibility to inspire and create joy https://t.co/CvKhgVSjxg