General Information

The Danes Educational Trust school-led Partnership route into teacher training (School Direct) is with the University of Hertfordshire as nominated provider. On the School Direct programme, our schools play a major role in candidate selection. If Danes Educational Trust: ‘The Partnership’ schools have a vacancy at the end of the training, they will endeavour to continue to employ you as an ECT and ECT +1. Danes Educational Trust: ‘The Partnership’ is committed to supporting the on-going professional development of our Early Career Teachers (ECTs) at every stage of their instruction. In recent years, all trainees have secured a teaching post, with the majority of trainees employed at schools within partnership schools.

There are two types of School Direct course:

Unsalaried School Direct (SD)
This is similar to a course led by a university where you commonly attend the same training as PGCE trainees. You will still have a university mentor and they will award the PGCE and QTS status at the end of your training. You will gain experience in a second contrasting placement school and pay the university tuition fees (£9,250). The advantage of unsalaried partnership courses is the close relationship that you build with your host school, the potential to be able to carry on into employment, the close involvement of the university and the added value that Danes Educational Trust: ‘The Partnership’ offers through additional CPDL. DfE bursaries are available to you: see HERE. On many secondary courses the DfE bursaries make them as financially beneficial as a salaried course. (Please note that bursaries are determined by the DFE and are subject to change each year.)

Applicants who have a Third Class Honours degree are not eligible for a bursary. Applicants must have a 2:2 or above to apply for an unsalaried position. An additional Master’s Degree will be considered for applicants who have a Third Class Honours degree.

Salaried School Direct (SSD)
Some schools want trainees to gain as much experience in the classroom as possible, rather than training part time at the university. On a salaried QTS course, almost all of your training takes place in school. The school pays you a salary (Unqualified Teachers’ rate) while you train and Danes Educational Trust: ‘The Partnership’ schools pay your tuition fees. To be eligible for a salaried course, you need a level of maturity to operate as a responsible member of staff in a school. The School Direct course enables a greater focus on training in the classroom which is highly valued by many schools. You must have a 2:2 or above to apply for a salaried position. An additional Master’s Degree will be considered for applicants who have a Third Class Honours degree. In some circumstances, a candidate may be offered a Salaried School Direct position if they have a Third Class Honours degree with 60 Masters credits (successfully completed by start of the school placement in September 2022).


Qualified teacher Status (QTS)
This is a professional qualification awarded by the teachers’ professional body, the Teaching Regulation Agency. QTS is the only qualification that you need to be able to teach at a school in England. ALL our programmes include QTS.

To gain QTS your teaching is judged against The Teachers’ Standards, available to view here and worth reading before your interview:

Salaried programmes
At the end of the programme, successful trainees will be awarded School Direct Post Graduate (SDPG), which includes recommendation to the Department of Education for Qualified Teacher Status.

Unsalaried programmes
At the end of the programme, successful trainees will be awarded a Primary or Secondary PGCE, which includes recommendation to the Department of Education for Qualified Teacher Status.


There are three types of funding available for teacher training - depending on your circumstances, you could receive all three:

1. Tax-free bursary or scholarship

2. Tuition Fee Loan and Maintenance Loan

3. Additional financial support if you’re a parent or have a disability

For the latest bursaries available, check HERE An overview of the bursaries and scholarships available can be found in the table below. You’ll need a first, 2:1, 2:2, PhD or Master’s to be eligible for a bursary or scholarship.

Further information on tuition fee and maintenance loans and additional financial support can be found HERE

Alternatively, you could earn a salary while you train. For more information, see HERE

The financial offer for 2022/2023 (TBC)

Subject    Bursary 2 Scholarship 3
Chemistry £24,000 £26,000
Computing £24,000 £26,000
Maths £24,000 £26,000
Physics £24,000 £26,000
Classics £10,000 N/A
Languages £10,000 N/A
Biology £7,000 N/A

Bursaries and scholarships are available to trainees on a tuition fee-based teacher training course in England that leads to the award of qualified teacher status. Availability is dependent on your highest relevant academic award and the subject in which you are training to teach. To receive a bursary or scholarship you must be entitled to support under the Student Finance England criteria. Both elements will be assessed by your teacher training provider. Candidates with overseas degrees may be asked to formally recognise any overseas qualifications through UK ENIC

Bursaries are available to trainees with a first, 2:1, 2:2, Master’s or PhD.

Trainees in Chemistry, Computing, Maths and Physics are able to apply for a teacher training scholarship with the appropriate professional body. Scholarships are awarded in place of a bursary. Each of the professional scholarship bodies sets its own eligibility criteria - find out more on the dedicated scholarship pages.


Due to the UK leaving the European Union, the UK NARIC national agency function is now UK ENIC – managed by Ecctis

If you studied outside of the UK for your Maths and English qualifications and/or your degree, you should visit the ENIC website: to find out whether your qualifications are of an equivalent level to UK GCSEs, and an honours undergraduate degree.

Non-UK qualifications can often cause an unnecessary delay in us being able to consider your application so the earlier they can be confirmed, the better it is for you.

English Language qualifications, taken in countries where English is not the first language, will not necessarily be equivalent to the UK English Language GCSE.

Please contact Louisa Leonard or Paula Moore at for additional guidance.


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