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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Primary experience day Trent Valley Teaching School Alliance

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.


University of Leicester – routes into teaching open evening

26 May 2016 16:00

Information event for postgraduate entry to the teaching profession via the University of Leicester.


SCITTELS primary teaching information event

26 May 2016 16:30

Information about routes into primary teaching offered by SCITTELS


Teaching London LDBS SCITT workshop and information event

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.