Teacher Training

School Experience Programme

Spending time in the classroom is the only way to find out if teaching is the career for you, it is also an ideal way to strengthen your application for teacher training.

Taking part in our School Experience Programme gives you the chance to watch lessons, spend time in a working classroom, see and feel for yourself what it’s really like to be a teacher. The experience is invaluable to draw on in your application and subsequent interviews.

School Experience days are designed to let individuals experience some of the everyday tasks of modern teaching, to observe teachers and children and how they work together.

The School Experience Programme (SEP) is run by the National College for Teaching and Learning (NCTL) and through their portal, offers places in schools to anyone looking for that extra experience or indeed the support to take their first step into a classroom.

Who is it for?

• People considering a change of career
• People wondering if teaching is for them
• People wishing to gain a place on a PGCE course

How to apply

Visit the Get Into Teaching website to register. Then you will be able to specify your host school and/or subject.

Link here to the DfE site:


If you do not meet the criteria for the website or you cannot find a school near you, please contact Connect TSA directly for some further support on gaining your own experience.


Connect TSA can offer you a taster day’s experience at Staniland Academy to support your initial steps into the classroom. Further details here.