School Experience Program
Spending time in a classroom is the ideal way to strengthen your application for teacher training. School experience gives you the chance to watch lessons and see for yourself what it’s really like to be a teacher – and allows you to draw on your own examples in your application and interview.
The school experience programme (SEP) is run by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) and offers places to those wishing to commence initial teacher training (ITT) in a secondary school subject or in a Primary School.
What can I expect?
Throughout your placement, you’ll have the opportunity to observe teaching and pastoral work and to talk to teachers about day-to-day life in a school. You should get the chance to see a range of different lessons and age groups being taught – but if you have any specific requests, you can talk to us about accommodating these. For instance, if you already have experience of observing lessons with younger secondary students, you might want to focus more on lessons with an older age group.
While your experience will focus on observation, you may have the chance to plan and deliver part or all of a lesson. Your time in a school might also include the opportunity to meet or shadow a member of senior management.
How can I join?
If you haven’t already, you’ll need to register your details before you can participate in the SEP by contacting the Teaching Line on 0800 389 2500. If you’re eligible for the programme, once you have registered you will receive an email with a registration number indicating what you need to do next and you will be able to book a placement at St Ambrose Barlow by searching on our school name.
You can also contact us directly using our visit form.