Get Experience in a School

If you are interested in a career in teaching, the more time you spend getting experience in a school, the better. You can check different schools’ and universities’ requirements for school experience when you search for courses on the UCAS Teacher Training website.

You may need to contact a number of different schools in your area to arrange your school experience. The EduBase portal has a list of all the educational establishments in England and Wales, and can filter your search by education phase (primary or secondary) and location to quickly find a suitable school.

Classroom experience may have to fit in around a school’s training placements, exams, and other activities. Schools might find it difficult to accommodate you if you only have fixed availability for a school visit.

Schools are very busy places, so may not always reply immediately. They also have to be careful about welcoming visitors. Schools may require a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check as a matter of policy – so don’t leave things until the last minute as these can take four weeks or more to complete.

School Experience Programme

Alternatively, you could arrange school experience through the DfE School Experience Programme