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.
Watch this video for helpful tips on getting into teaching, from real trainees and experienced teachers. Transcript (PDF, 118KB)
Registering allowed me to get my school experience arranged. I even used some of the techniques that I had observed at the school for my teacher training interview.Chloe Wells, trainee MFL teacher
Realising how much she loved working with young people, Sarah switched from mental health to maths trainee teacher.More about this case study
26 May 2016 08:45
Spend the day in a primary school, observe lessons and talk to trainees to prepare for your teacher training. Places are limited and only available by pre-booking.
26 May 2016 16:00
Information event for postgraduate entry to the teaching profession via the University of Leicester.
26 May 2016 16:30
Information about routes into primary teaching offered by SCITTELS
26 May 2016 17:00
Come along to our two free workshops: how to write your personal statement and how to develop your interview skills.