Teaching Experience Programme

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, this programme has been stopped.


Are you interested in paid teaching experience in June 2020?

Naomi Peirson, Teaching Experience Coordinator for the Ipswich Opportunity Area, has opened applications for you to participate in a 3-week Teaching Experience Programme, designed to give you a significant, realistic and useful experience within a school in Ipswich. What is more, successful completion will result in a £250 payment, in order to support your living and travel costs during this time. The Teaching Experience Programme is currently accepting applications across primary and secondary, and in a wide range of subject areas. To apply, please click on this link: https://forms.gle/ZTQTpjyzWRNkFUd49 and complete the form. The deadline for applications is 30th April 2020.

What is it? 

The programme lasts for 3 weeks, and will involve you spending a significant amount of that time actively working in a school environment. You will experience a range of aspects of school life, not only observing, but also working with young people, and even getting the opportunity to plan and deliver lessons. You will encounter a range of staff and students who have very different views on education. You will see the ups and downs of school life. And, most importantly, you will see the difference that great teachers can make to young people.

What do I have to do?

In schools, you will be observing skilled and experienced teachers in Ipswich, and talking to key members of staff, in order to find out how schools really work. There will be a task pack to complete, which you will be supported to do during the school day, and you will submit a brief, reflective report at the end. During the programme, you will work in classrooms with the students, adding to and enhancing their learning experience. It is a packed programme which will require commitment and hard work, but is designed to give you an in-depth, effective and realistic experience of working in schools.

What is in it for me?

We will provide you with £250 upon successful completion of the programme, in order to support your living and travel costs during the three weeks. Moreover, we will provide training at the university so that you can get the most out of your experience, with sessions on the vital basics such as safeguarding and approaching observations, and also on teaching, learning, behaviour management and SEND, so that you are able to take a more active and meaningful part in lessons.

If you have already applied to a Teacher Training Provider, this is a perfect way in which to get any initial experience that they recommend. Furthermore, if you are in your first or second year of university, and/or have not yet fully decided what you would like to do after you graduate, this is an excellent way to be better informed about a career in education, whether primary, secondary or further. Teacher Training Providers look favourably on candidates with relevant experience such as this, and it is an excellent way to make career focused networks and contacts for the future.

When is it?

The Teaching Experience Programme will take place at the end of June and beginning of July, after final exams have taken place. The initial training will be on Friday 12th June, and you will be in school from Monday 15th. It will run to Friday 3rd July, and you will be expected to be in school (or in university for the two other training sessions) every weekday during this time.

How do I apply? 

To apply, please click on this link https://forms.gle/ZTQTpjyzWRNkFUd49 and complete the form. The deadline for applications is 30th April 2020.

How will selection happen? 

Selection for this programme will be based primarily on the application form, and in particular, t

For more information about this or any teaching experience queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Naomi Peirson: n.peirson@uos.ac.uk


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