Getting school experience

Getting school experience

Getting some classroom experience can help you to decide whether teaching is right for you - it could also strengthen your application. Each training provider will specify a minimum amount of school experience required at the time of application, so check this with your chosen provider before you apply. 

Get a taste of school life with our School Experience Programme (SEP). There are hundreds of schools across the country participating, so you should be able to find an opportunity local to you.

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

All of this will give you valuable insight and a great focus point for your application and interviews.

SEP will allow you to book a day’s worth of experience; any further days needed should be negotiated with the school once at your placement or you could book further days once each placement has been completed. As part of your placement, a Disclosure and Barring Service check may be required – this will be organised by the school.

How to take part

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.  

If you’ve already registered, log in to your checklist to book school experience through our online portal. 

Arranging school experience independently

You can also arrange your own school experience directly with a school. There are lots of ways to do this – find out how.

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Read how Hannah was more determined to teach after accessing the School Experience Programme

 

Upcoming events

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Train to Teach Birmingham

20 January 2018 10:00

This event in Birmingham will give you the chance to ask experts about your teacher training options and what it’s like to teach.

Birmingham

Train to Teach Crawley

23 January 2018 16:30

This event in Crawley will give you the chance to ask experts about your teacher training options and what it’s like to teach.

Crawley

Train to Teach Nottingham Trent University

24 January 2018 12:00

This event in Nottingham will give you the chance to ask experts about your teacher training options and what it’s like to teach.

Nottingham

Train to Teach Exeter

24 January 2018 16:30

This event in Exeter will give you the chance to ask experts about your teacher training options and what it’s like to teach.

Exeter