Teaching Experience Programme

The Teaching Experience Programme is designed to give you a significant, realistic and useful experience within a school in Ipswich. During the three weeks, you will experience a range of aspects of school life, not only observing, but also finding out about, and participating in, wider school life. 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.
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. 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 and small group work, so that you are able to take a more active and meaningful part in lessons.
If you have already applied to a 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 have not yet fully decided what you would like to do after university, 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.
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.
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 and complete the form. For more information, or if you have any questions, please contact n.peirson@uos.ac.uk