Getting school experience

Getting school experience

School experience is essential if you’re interested in becoming a teacher. It both strengthens your application and prepares you for potential interviews.  

We can help you gain vital 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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