A career in teaching

A teaching career is highly challenging, intellectually demanding and emotionally rewarding. It can be exhausting, stressful and difficult. But teaching also has real pleasures. Teachers are present when children discover new and exciting things about their world, and your actions as a teacher will benefit students for a lifetime. Many young people grow up remembering their favourite teachers, and many find that teachers gave them opportunities that they may not have otherwise encountered. 

If you are considering a career in teaching, the Ipswich Opportunity Area can help you gain experience that will help you to make an informed decision, or build your confidence before you apply to a teacher training provider. We can help with information about routes into teaching, and show you where to find more information. We aim to provide a range of ways that you can undertake meaningful teaching experience, and help to find the best methods for you to make contacts with local schools, to see what they are like and how they work.

Later this academic year, we will be running our prestigious three-week experience programme, for which you will be paid in order to enable you to participate. More information will be available nearer the time, or you can contact Naomi Peirson (n.peirson@uos.ac.uk) if you are keen to find out more. The programme will run at the end of June and the beginning of July, and it aims to provide participants with an in-depth and broad experience of the realities of school life. On it, you will observe skilled, experienced teachers, complete tasks that broaden your understanding of how schools work, and have opportunities to talk to and find out about key positions in school. You will be supported to gain experience teaching small groups and whole classes, and receive training from teacher training providers and qualified teachers. Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, this programme has been stopped.


Naomi Peirson, Teaching Experience Coordinator – Ipswich Opportunity Area


Information on Routes Into Teaching can be found on the Suffolk County Council website here or on the Government Get Into Teaching website here 

Information on the Suffolk and Norfolk SCITT programme can be found here and to register interest in a school experience day in one of their lead schools, click on this link.

Information on the North Essex Teacher Training programme can be found here

Information on Suffolk’s Graduate Intern programme, designed to provide a year of supported and paid work experience in schools, can be found here

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