Overview - Herts Bucks Teaching School Alliance


Led by Chris Powell and Mary Howard at Parmiter’s School, we provide exceptional teacher training for graduates and career changers who have chosen to become teachers. Close cross-Alliance work means that we offer a carefully designed programme which integrates trainees and NQTs into contrasting school settings where they can develop the ability to teach and learn on the job. From September 2017, we are delighted to announce that a Bucks Hub, led by Caroline Russell, will operate from Dr Challoner’s High School, allowing us to provide high quality training opportunities cross-county.


In partnership with the University of Hertfordshire, we offer the School Direct Salaried, School Direct PG and Assessment Only routes into teaching. We also host PGCE trainees across subject disciplines. Mentor allocation and training is robust, drawing upon the expertise of Herts for Learning and the University of Hertfordshire, alongside our own in-house training and support.

The Alliance has considerable experience of training teachers and recognises and values the enthusiastic contribution that they make to our school communities. Staff at the training schools will share their knowledge and good practice to ensure that trainees are well supported to develop into good and outstanding teachers.

The programme is 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.

Throughout the academic year, cross-Alliance conferences and the recently established cross-Alliance induction programme support the professional development of both our trainees and NQTs and enable them to forge relationships beyond their immediate context. Bespoke training in behaviour management is available upon request and as required.

School Direct Programme

Applications for the 2018 scheme open through UCAS in October 2017.

Salaried and unsalaried placements will be available through the Herts & Bucks Teaching School Alliance in secondary and primary schools, and a special school within the Herts & Bucks Teaching School Alliance.  

Places will be offered in a range of subjects including:

Art & Design Biology      
Business Studies Chemistry      
Classics Computer Science      
Design and Technology Economics      
English Geography      
History Mathematics      
Modern Foreign Languages Music      
Physical Education Psychology      
Religious Studies Physics      
Primary General (which is available in a mainstream and special school setting)

Register your Interest

An early expression of interest can be registered with:


Information regarding School Direct can be found at

Get into Teaching Website

The School Direct programme is an intensive course which should not be undertaken lightly.  It requires a good deal of physical and emotional resilience to complete successfully.  Applicants need to be sure that they can meet the demands of the course and that the ethos and working style of the University of Hertfordshire suit their style of working.