Whilst there is no requirement to have experience of working, visiting or volunteering in a school when applying to train to teach many candidates find it valuable. After pausing our school experience visits during the Covid pandemic we are pleased to now re-establish them. We are happy to arrange school experience visits for potential applicants to our training program.
School experience visits normally consist of the opportunity to:
- Talk to a senior member of staff about training to teach
- Meet with a subject leader (secondary) or curriculum lead (primary) to discuss how to develop your subject knowledge in preparing your application
- Observe lessons across different year groups.
We would recommend that school experience visits should last at least a day.
If you are interested in gaining school experience, your next best steps are:
- Contact us at Teach Kent & Sussex and we can liaise with one of our partner schools to offer a visit. Please email [email protected] or phone us on 01892 521595 for further information.
- Look at some of the online lessons devised by the Oak National Academy at https://www.thenational.academy/ where you can view a number of lessons by subject and year group.
- Apply for roles within a school to gain experience. Some schools advertise Teaching Assistant/Education Assistant positions with the aim of preparing you for the teacher training programme. Please look at https://www.kent-teach.com/ or individual school websites for current vacancies.