Getting School Experience

Getting experience in a classroom can greatly improve your application by building your awareness of current teaching practices and the education landscape in general. One of the best ways to do this is by spending time in a school before or during the application process. There are a variety of different ways you can gain school experience, the most relevant of which are listed below.

The DfE's School Experience Programme

You’ll be placed at one of the hundreds of schools across the country that are part of the SEP. During your placement you’ll have the opportunity to talk to teachers about day-to-day school life, observe teaching and pastoral work and watch a range of lessons and age groups being taught.

For further details and to register, please visit the Get into Teaching website.

Completing a Scholars Programme placement

A paid, short-term teaching placement through The Scholars Programme, a part-time tutoring programme which is run by The Brilliant Club. This will provide first-hand experience of the type of school you may be placed in as a RIS participant, as well as excellent exposure to undertaking university-style tutorials aimed at secondary school pupils.

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Arranging a visit through your local school

You can make an independent arrangement to spend time at a local secondary school to familiarise yourself with the school and classroom environment

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Programme Benefits

The RIS programme offers researchers a number of unique benefits for your career and professional development.