Primary Courses

You can apply to Train to Teach with Danes Educational Trust 2021 / 22 recruitment cycle (for Sept 2022 entry) from 13th October 2021 via APPLY. The School Direct applicant cycle closes on Monday 27th June 2022, with final interviews scheduled for Friday 1st July 2022. We offer both salaried and unsalaried courses

All Danes Educational Trust: ‘The Partnership’ Primary teacher training courses are run and accredited in partnership with University of Hertfordshire.

Courses Available
You will gain experience across at least two key stages during your training. Some courses focus more on Key Stage 1 & Key Stage 2 and others on Foundation Stage & Key Stage 1. Once qualified, this will not restrict the primary age at which you can teach.

There is no funding or bursary for School Direct Primary for academic year 2022 to 2023


A high-quality personal statement is essential as this will demonstrate your potential and desire to teach and your command of the English Language. You will need to demonstrate an understanding of educational issues and have an awareness of what makes teaching effective. The ability to enthuse and motivate pupils is also essential.

For all our programmes you need to have an honours degree. You can apply in your final degree year: any offer is conditional upon you getting a degree at a specific level before the course commences. For primary programmes, the subject of the degree is less relevant than for a secondary programme.

Third class degrees are not accepted but in some cases this problem may be overcome by a higher degree, for example a Masters qualification in a relevant subject area.

There are no requirements for specific A levels but it is helpful to list your A Level qualifications in your application.

For all primary programmes you must have the equivalent of GCSE Maths, GCSE English Language and GCSE in a Science at C (Level 4) or above.

Non-UK qualifications can often cause delays so please ensure the equivalency can be confirmed as soon as possible through the UK ENIC 

Salaried programmes
These are employment-based routes for high-quality, experienced graduates. Trainees have a timetable allocation and are employed by their training school as an unqualified teacher while they train. Successful completion of the course leads to Qualified Teacher Status. A successful placement in a salaried position does not guarantee employment at the placement school.

Unsalaried programmes
Unsalaried trainees are responsible for tuition fees (£9250). Trainees have a more gradual (‘soft start’) introduction into teaching. Successful completion of the course leads to the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). The PGCE comprises 60 masters level credits and Qualified Teacher Status.

Proficiency in Written English and Numeracy
Applicants no longer have to have the ‘DfE Professional Skills tests’ in literacy and numeracy. However, all applicants have to complete a Written Task (supplied by the University of Hertfordshire) to ascertain their ability to write in Standard English.

Disclosure and Barring Checks
These checks are carried out after an offer is made and need to be satisfactory to enable you to start the programme.

On unsalaried programmes they are administered by our partner university.

On salaried programmes they are administered by our schools.


Applications can be made online from 13th October 2021 through APPLY.

The closing date for applications is 27th June 2022.

Once registered on APPLY, you will need to complete the application form and include contact details for two referees.

The first time you apply, you will be able to select three choices. This process is called ‘Apply 1’. If you are unsuccessful in all three choices (which includes if you withdraw from them) then you are free to apply again but only one choice at a time now. This process is called ‘Apply 2’.

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 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:


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