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 




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In partnership with our nominated provider for School Direct, 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. For The University of Hertfordshire School Direct webpages for applicants, use this link www.go.herts.ac.uk/schooldirect

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 2023 and finish on 30th June 2024. 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 2022 / 23 recruitment cycle (for Sept 2023 entry) from 13th October 2022 via APPLY. The School Direct applicant cycle closes on Monday 26th June 2023, with final interviews scheduled for Monday 3rd July 2023. We offer both salaried and unsalaried courses.  

When selecting your course choices, you will need to enter

  • the provider name
  • the subject
  • specific course code
  • select your host school

All applicants have to enter St Clement Danes School* as the 'provider' when they access APPLY, even if you wish to teach at a different school within 'The Partnership', and then identify the primary or secondary phase. 

*All training placements across Danes Educational Trust are advertised via St Clement Danes as Lead School for Initial Teacher Training for Danes Educational Trust.

APPLY will ask you to enter the subject you wish to train in.

Once you have selected the course, you can select (from a drop-down list under ‘Locations’) the school you wish to choose to train with from the DET schools being advertised.

Registration on the programme is subject to the successful outcome of all entry requirements and suitability checks being met. For further information visit: https://www.herts.ac.uk/study/schools-of-study/education/initial-teacher-education/school-direct/entry-requirements


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