The Biology course is school-led and will run in partnership with a Master’s level professional training programme with the University of Hertfordshire (UH). You will be inducted in the requirements for teaching Biology within the 11-16 age range which leads to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status. Where appropriate, opportunities to experience post-16 provision will be available across Danes Educational Trust: The Partnership.
You will join a partnership which is working 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 which is 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)
By the end of your training, you will be qualified to:
share your passion for Biology
inspire students’ creativity and support them with their aspirations
develop stimulating resources which can be implemented through innovative teaching approaches
teach Biology within the curriculum framework which meets exam requirements
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 well for lessons. You will also receive structured feedback so you can become a successful, proactive and independent practitioner.
Train with Danes Educational Trust: The Partnership and you will be part of a team that has considerable experience in training the very best teachers. You will 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.
You 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).
University-led sessions will run every week and will include lectures, seminars and workshops where active participation is encouraged. Collaboratively, you will benefit from the knowledge and expertise of a team of practising teachers who lead key sessions and support with school-based training as classroom expertise is developed.
No in-school assessments are set. Instead, you are assessed on your developing practice through observed lessons and structured feedback. The university will set two formal assignment modules across the year which are essential components of the PGCE and contribute credits towards a Master’s accredited degree:
Subject and Curriculum Knowledge
Secondary Professional Learning and Development
A specialist mentor will be provided in school and protected time will be afforded (1 hour per week). A Professional Mentor will quality assure the training provision and liaise directly with the university.
Our schools offer the experience of teaching across two key stages with an additional option to gain experience of post- 16 within Trust secondary schools.
You are allocated to one main school for your training year but will have the opportunity to teach in a contrasting setting for one half term (approximately 6 weeks) in order to broaden your experience. This process is managed in partnership with Trust schools and the university.
You can select one of the following locations when you apply.
List of locations and vacancies
Pine Grove, Brookmans Park, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL9 7BN
Croxley Danes School
Baldwins Lane, Croxley Green, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, WD3 3LR
Elstree Screen Arts Academy
Studio way, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, WD6 5NN
Onslow St Audrey’s School
Old Rectory Drive, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL10 8AB
St Clement Danes School
St Clement Danes School, St Clement Danes, Chenies Road, Chorleywood, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, WD3 6EW
An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.
Usually we would expect the degree to have a minimum 50% content of the subject in which the applicant is applying.
Your degree subject should be in biology or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.
Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.
We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.
We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.
Equivalency tests in lieu of GCSE maths and
English language will only be considered in
exceptional circumstances by prior discussion
with the recruitment team.
If you have a genuine passion for Biology, then we want you to apply to train in a DET: The Partnership school.
Requisite skills to teach include skills in 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.
We value the joy in teaching and learning and are optimistic that we can shape the future together. If you believe in these core values, then we’d love to hear all about you.
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.
Fees and financial support
The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.
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.
Interviews take place in our Danes Educational Trust: The Partnership training schools. You will be asked to plan and teach an aspect of a lesson (approximately 30 minutes) to a secondary school class. A formal panel interview will follow where you will have the chance to discuss your ideas and varied experiences with a Head of Department 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 all candidates’ competency in reading and writing in Standard English.
You will only need to complete one interview for any of our Danes Educational Trust: The Partnership schools.
You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:
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.
St Clement Danes School Chenies Road Chorleywood Hertfordshire WD3 6EW
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