Getting school experience

Getting school experience

If you’re interested in becoming a teacher, getting some classroom experience can help you to decide whether teaching is right for you. It will also strengthen your application and prepare you for potential interviews. 

We can help you gain school experience through our School Experience Programme. Joining is straightforward; all you need to do is contact us on Freephone 0800 389 2500 between 8am and 8pm Monday to Friday.

There are hundreds of schools across the country participating and during your placement, you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • talk to teachers about day-to-day school life
  • observe teaching and pastoral work
  • watch a range of lessons and age groups being taught

As part of your placement, a Disclosure and Barring Service check may be required – this will be organised by the school.

Arranging school experience independently

There are lots of ways to independently arrange school experience – find out how.

Find out how the School Experience Programme can help you make decisions and get a greater understanding of teaching. Transcript (PDF, 202KB)

Get as much experience in schools as possible to obtain a realistic idea of what teaching is like.

Hasina Nizamee, newly qualified biology teacher

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Upcoming events

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Support with your summer application

03 August 2016 18:30

Don’t worry – there’s still time to apply to start your teacher training course this September! This online session will provide you with lots of helpful hints and tips on how to make a successful application this August.

University of Warwick – teacher training information evening

10 August 2016 18:00

For an informative evening come to the University of Warwick’s Centre for Professional Education. You will learn about our initial teacher training (ITE) in the early years, primary and secondary sectors to help you decide how to embark on this fun, rewarding and challenging career.

Coventry

University of Warwick CPE Teacher Training Information Evening

10 August 2016 18:00

For an informative evening come to the University of Warwick’s Centre for Professional Education.

Coventry

Teach First – career changer drop-in session

16 August 2016 16:00

Meet with a Teach First recruiter to learn more about the Leadership Development Programme.

Manchester