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 Newcastle University

24 February 2018 13:00

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

Newcastle upon Tyne

Train to Teach Blackpool

27 February 2018 16:30

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

Blackpool

Train to Teach Bristol

28 February 2018 16:30

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

Bristol

Train to Teach Leicester

01 March 2018 16:30

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

Leicester