Led by Adam Baker and Mary Howard at Parmiter’s School (Herts Hub) and Kate Brown and Lu du Preez at Dr Challoner’s High School (Bucks Hub), 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.

In partnership with the University of Hertfordshire, we offer the School Direct and Assessment Only routes into teaching. 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. We also host PGCE trainees across subject disciplines from the Institute of Education, UCL, Middlesex University and King's College University of London.

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 share their knowledge and good practice to ensure that trainees are well supported to develop into good and outstanding teachers.

The programmes are 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 well 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 placements are full-time with four days in school and one day at The University of Hertfordshire. Placements start on 1st September 2020 and finish on 30th June 2021. Training takes place in in two contrasting school settings and is supported by experienced in-school mentors and university-based tutors. A comprehensive range of in-house and external professional development opportunities, to include three conferences and 35 hours of Professional Studies sessions, complement the training provided by the University of Hertfordshire.


You can apply for teacher training, starting in September 2021, on 13th October 2020 at UCAS until 30th June 2021. We offer both salaried and unsalaried courses. Please click tabs for our Primary and Secondary course pages.