School Experience Programme

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The i2i Teaching Partnership of secondary schools across Surrey, Hampshire, Berkshire & Middlesex welcome candidates on the School Experience Programme throughout the year. 

School Experience offers you the chance to observe teaching and pastoral work, and the opportunity to talk to teachers about day-to-day life in a school. 

We strongly recommend to everyone that they gain some school experience through the programme.  School experience will strengthen your teacher training application, give you observational experience prior to interview, help you decide if teaching is right for you and start you on your journey to transform, lead and inspire.

About the School Experience Programme

The School Experience Programme offers you the chance to observe teaching and pastoral work, and the opportunity 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, we may be able to give you the chance to plan and deliver part or all of a lesson, depending on how many days you spend with us and whether you are making an application to us. Your time in a school might also include the opportunity to meet or shadow a member of senior leadership if that is of interest to you.

How to join

Getting experience in a school is an essential part of a good application for teacher training. Please email tcresswell@weydonschool.surrey.sch.uk to join.

As part of your placement, a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check may be required and this can take four weeks or more to complete. Another way to increase your school experience is by volunteering to be an exam invigilator. During exam periods we look for volunteers to assist our Exam Officer in conducting internal and external examinations for student. For more information please contact Tammy Cresswell tcresswell@weydonschool.surrey.sch.uk in the first instance.

Register with us now  so that we can answer any questions you may have and help you through the process of applying for School Experience.

Top Tips For Getting The Most Out Of School Experience

  • Think about what you want to get out of the experience BEFORE it starts
  • During your school experience don't just observe the teaching you see but REFLECT on why those teaching strategies may have been used
  • Get INVOLVED and engage with the students
  • TALK to as many people as possible, including teachers, students and current trainees
  • Take the time to REFLECT on your experience after the day and use your learnings to prepare you for your interview

To help you get the most out of your school experience, you might like to read our article written for the ‘Get into Teaching’ team blog: View Article and watch the video below.

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