“My SEP experience was a day of observing lessons in a school, and spending time with teachers and pupils. It’s a great opportunity to experience what it would be like to be a teacher and to help you to decide whether teaching is right for you,” Hannah says.
Enrolling on the programme is straightforward. Once you’ve registered with us, you’ll be able to book school experience online through our School Experience Programme. Simply follow the link from your personalised checklist.
“Enrolment was online and easy. While searching for schools I noticed my local school was offering SEP in maths, so I booked a day’s observation with them.”
The programme duration is flexible, and the days you can observe will be negotiated by you and the school once you have started your first day. “After my initial day’s observations, I was even more convinced that I wanted to teach, so to make sure, I arranged further school experience days with the school,” Hannah explains.
Hannah has nothing but praise for SEP and the insight it gave her: “Everyone was so welcoming and friendly at the school, and it was great to have the chance to observe lessons with students of different ages and abilities.”
The invaluable experience Hannah gained helped her application and led to a successful interview for her chosen teacher training course. Observing a school day will give you a better understanding of being a teacher and will give you examples of creative and innovative teaching styles.
“It was also useful to speak to teachers who had been in the profession for varying lengths of time, and to get a guided tour of the school from two year 8 students. I spent most of the experience observing lessons, and I also got the opportunity to teach part of the lessons myself!”
“Participating in SEP was definitely a turning point for me. If you’re considering teaching, there’s nothing like seeing what the job actually entails to find out if it’s for you. It really is a great opportunity. It also made my application stronger, as I was able to reflect on my school experience, and made me more aware of the qualities and values schools want in potential teachers.”
If you haven’t already, you’ll need to register your details with us before you can participate in the School Experience Programme.