The best way to decide whether or not teaching might be the right career for you is to get some classroom experience. Oxfordshire Teacher Training operates a School Experience Programme across the county in partnership schools, to offer interested applicants a chance to get into state schools and see what life in the classroom is really like. We run this programme because we want to make getting experience in schools as easy as possible. If you would like us to, we’ll guide you on every step of the journey from these early observation experiences, through preparing you for interview, onto a training course and throughout your career.
Placements are typically one or two days long with the majority of the time being spent in the classroom in lessons. On the first day, there will be some time to think about how to observe lessons effectively as well as some information on the different training routes. After that you will be able to watch a range of subject lessons taught to different age groups, observe tutor time (part of the pastoral programme) and talk to teachers about their experiences of day-to-day life in school. As well as giving you invaluable insight into whether or not teaching might be right for you these placements also provide you with relevant school experience to support an application for teacher training.
School Experience Programme Booking Form
Due to the current, unprecedented situation affecting face-to-face meetings and travel, we are no longer taking bookings for School Experience visits. We hope to be able to resume the programme later in the year once the situation has settled and will continue to follow government advice on this.
In the meantime, applicants may wish to consider booking onto an Information Event or Application Support Workshop in order to find out more about our programmes and what it is like to be a teacher. See our Event Page for more information.