Teaching Experience Programme – Information for Schools

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


What is it?

The Teaching Experience Programme is a three-week programme, designed to encourage undergraduates, graduates, career changers and those interested in a teaching career to participate meaningfully and usefully in school experience. The aims of the programme are to:

  • Improve levels of attainment of children, and to raise their aspirations in relation to higher education
  • Contribute to the recruitment of able and committed students into Initial Teacher Training

Who can be a mentor? 

There is no need for this to be a senior member of staff.  In fact, it is an excellent opportunity for a less experienced teacher to gain valuable mentoring and ‘performance management’ experience.  The participants will also find it useful to talk to someone at the beginning of their career.  A senior member of staff needs to keep an overview of the placement. The best teachers for this mentoring role will be those who are enthusiastic: allowing participants to observe lessons and being a positive role model for aspiring teachers.

I am a mentor – what do I have to do? 

We have aimed to make this role as ‘labour-unintensive’ as possible, training participants beforehand, and setting up the programme in a way that ensures that the emphasis is on participants to be proactive and complete the tasks they are given.  Your role is to facilitate the student’s placement.  Being available to talk is very important.  As far as paperwork goes, once you have set up their timetable, this is minimal: you are asked to sign a daily register, complete one lesson observation of them teaching, and, at the end of the placement, complete an evaluation of the student. A more detailed checklist is included in the mentor booklet.

How does the school benefit? 

Schools will gain, for the duration of their placement, an enthusiastic and interested participant – effectively an extra Teaching Assistant (TA) or Learning Support Assistant (LSA). They can also be used as mentors or for a wide range of other support roles (see next pages).  Participants can offer up to date subject expertise which may not already exist in the school as well as enthusiasm and new ideas.  Teaching staff can develop their mentoring skills.  It is an opportunity to recruit top quality students, particularly in shortage areas: schools who participate will have a better understanding of who will be training to be a teacher in the next few years, leading to more positive recruitment contacts.

What do the participants have to do?

There are a range of activities that students will complete in school, including observation, working as a Teaching Assistant, talking to key members of staff, and teaching all or part of a lesson. More information will be provided nearer the time, or you can contact n.peirson@uos.ac.uk for more detail.

If you are interested at hosting participants at your setting, please let me know (n.peirson@uos.ac.uk)

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