St Clement Danes School Primary (T958)

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
University of Hertfordshire
Financial support

Qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in state schools in England and may also allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Age range
3 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
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Course summary

Our Primary programme is school-led and will run in partnership with a Master’s level professional training with the University of Hertfordshire (UH). You will be inducted in the requirements for teaching in primary sector which leads to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status. You will join a partnership to develop optimistic and resilient learners alongside staff who are valued and empowered through local, national and global affiliations.

The course is in line with the Core Content Framework (CCF) for Initial Teacher Training presented around the Teaching Standards (TS). It covers:

  • Behaviour Management - High Expectations and Managing Behaviour (TS 1 and 7)
  • Pedagogy - How Pupils Learn, Classroom Practice and Adaptive Teaching (TS 2, 4 and 5)
  • Curriculum - Subject and Curriculum knowledge (TS 3)
  • Assessment - Accurate and Productive (TS 6)
  • Professional Behaviours – Wider Professional Responsibilities and Conduct (TS 8 and PT2)

Training in a primary school will develop your understanding of the qualities required for working with children between the ages of 4-11. You will learn how to:

  • help children develop skills which establish the foundations for future learning.
  • develop contemporary teaching methods
  • establish a positive relationship with children
  • how to create a positive learning environment
  • contribute towards the growth of the school and the wider society.

Specialist mentors will support you to use the best available evidence to provide a structured process for improving your teaching practice. Strategies will include support with in-class observations, help with critiquing teaching approaches and advice on the best ways to support pupils with their learning and well-being. You will be able to observe expert colleagues and will be taught how to deconstruct teaching approaches and plan and prepare for lessons. You will also receive structured feedback to become a successful, proactive and independent practitioner. You will have the opportunity to attend school INSET days where training is provided by both internal and external providers.

Train with DET: The Partnership and you will be part of a team that has considerable experience in training the very best teachers. You train in a school where you are known, valued and supported. Your talent will be nurtured in an environment committed to diversity and inclusion. We are looking for someone who shares the values and ethos of our training partnership and is able to help provide outstanding quality education for the communities we serve.

School placements

Trainees will spend four days a week training in a Danes Educational Trust: The Partnership school. Training begins at the start of the calendar school year. One day per week will be assigned for university-led study (lectures, seminars and tutorials).

A specialist mentor will be provided in school and protected time will be afforded. A Professional Mentor will quality assure the training provision and liaise directly with the university.

Our schools offer the experience of teaching 3-11 years olds within Trust schools.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English, maths or science.

Equivalency tests in lieu of GCSE maths and English language will only be considered in exceptional circumstances by prior discussion with the recruitment team.

Personal qualities

We are looking for candidates with a genuine passion for teaching. Requisite skills include communication, listening, collaboration, adaptability, empathy and patience. Other characteristics of effective teaching include an engaging classroom presence, a recognition of the value of real-world learning, exchange of best practices and a lifelong love of learning.

Candidates are allocated to one main school for their training year but will have the opportunity to train for one school half term (approximately 6 weeks) in a different school to broaden their experience. This process is managed in partnership with Trust schools and the university.

Other requirements

The university will carry out an advanced DBS check. School-based placements will commence upon receipt of this being completed.

Mandatory Safeguarding training is required for all candidates seeking to work in schools as well as a compliance check for IT networks.

It is highly recommended that you disclose any convictions which will appear on a DBS check. You will have the opportunity to discuss this at the interview if you wish. At DET: The Partnership we provide equality of opportunity for all.


The Training school will employ you as a full-time member of staff on a minimum of point 1 of the Unqualified Teachers’ Pay Spine (£19,613). This is a fixed term contract of one year and does not guarantee employment after training in the host school.

All salaried students are registered as part-time students of the University of Hertfordshire.

​This route leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

Led by Louisa Leonard at St Clement Danes School and Chris Price at Chancellor’s School for Danes Educational Trust, we provide exceptional teacher training for graduates and career changers who have chosen to become teachers. 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 and colleagues from across Danes Educational Trust: The Partnership. Colleagues at our training schools share their knowledge and good practice to ensure that trainees are well supported to develop into aspiring teachers and future leaders. We endeavour to make training exceptional and celebrate the enthusiastic contribution that trainee teachers make to our school communities. The programmes are carefully structured to allow trainees 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. Working in partnership with a varied set of schools across our Partnership nexus means that we offer a carefully designed programme which integrates trainees and Early Career Teachers into contrasting school settings where they can develop the ability to teach and learn collaboratively.

Interview process

Interviews take place in our Danes Educational Trust: The Partnership training schools. Candidates will be asked to plan and teach a lesson to a primary school class. You may be asked to interact with a small group of children and respond to their questions. A formal panel interview will follow where potential trainees will have the chance to discuss their ideas and varied experiences with a Senior Leader and Head of Phase as well as a Lead ITT practitioner within the Trust.

Interviews will be offered to individuals and will not be group-led. A standard written assignment will need to be completed to test candidates’ competency in reading and writing in Standard English.

Candidates will only need to complete one interview for any of our Danes Educational Trust: The Partnership schools.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to work in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to work in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for salaried courses is the Skilled Worker visa.

To apply for a Skilled Worker visa you need to be sponsored by your employer.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

In keeping with our core values, Danes Educational Trust schools find joy in working, teaching and learning together. We value and support the wellbeing of all individuals who train, work and learn in our schools. As such, we provide equality of opportunity and experience for all within a safe and secure learning environment. We work hard to provide tailored support to meet individual needs which equip our trainees with the skills and support needed to succeed in their training. We understand that disclosing a disability can be difficult. We work in partnership with the university and specialists within the Trust to support individuals with a variety of needs. Information is treated as confidential and only shared with those required to make necessary arrangements. Working directly with the university, we support our trainees to access the expertise of disability advisers, specialist mentoring as well as services pertaining to diagnostic and needs assessments.

Contact this training provider

01923 284169
St Clement Danes School
Chenies Road

Support and advice

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