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 (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. 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

As schools are now closed for the summer, contact us on 0800 389 2500 for advice on obtaining relevant experience if you’re interested in starting teacher training this September. You still have time to apply, and with our exclusive support we can help you find a teacher training place.

If you’re interested in starting training for September 2017, you can call us on 0800 389 2500 to register your interest with the School Experience Programme for placements starting from September. 

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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Upcoming events

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Keele and North Staffordshire Primary SCITT open evening

01 September 2016 16:30

Meet with our SCITT team and find out more about our PGCE with QTS and assessment only programmes.

Newcastle Under Lyme

Teach First: Apply First

01 September 2016 18:30

Evening presentation and workshops about how to make the best application to Teach First.


Middlesex University – PGCE Open Evening

07 September 2016 17:00

At Middlesex University, we give our graduates the confidence and skills to launch into their vocation and make a real difference to children’s lives.


University of Worcester open day

11 September 2016 10:00

You’ll be able to find out about our courses, finance, student life and much more.