Getting School Experience

You don’t need to have been a teacher or have worked in a school before to apply to RIS but you can greatly improve your application by showing 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 Department for Education's School Experience Programme (SEP)

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.

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Completing a Scholars Programme Placement

Gain experience of delivering classroom interventions through another Brilliant Club programme

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.

For further details, please visit www.thebrilliantclub.org

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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