Getting school experience
Getting some classroom experience can help you to decide whether teaching is right for you - it could also strengthen your application.
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.
30 June 2018 10:00
This event in Newcastle will give you the chance to ask experts about your teacher training options and what it’s like to teach.
23 June 2018 10:00
Whether you’re just getting started on your application, or are close to submitting it, you will find lots of help and support at our application workshops.
25 June 2018 18:30
If you've been offered a teacher training place, this online session will answer your questions on how best to prepare for your teacher training.
27 June 2018 12:00
This online event will provide advice on gaining school experience for those interested in primary teaching. It will offer helpful hints and tips on gaining and making the most of your primary school experience and it's relevance to your UCAS application.