How do I get work experience in a classroom? It's a common question for those interested by the idea of teaching. While work experience isn't always necessary for a teaching application, it does give you an insight into the profession and whether it's for you.
We understand those first steps into teaching can be nerve-racking but we are here to help with our how to guide on how to get teacher work experience in a Portsmouth classroom and information on the teacher experience programme. Read on to find out more…
Your first step begins with applying. The programme gives you the opportunity to work in a Portsmouth primary or secondary school for up to 3 days. All you need to do is complete our online form, which takes just a few minutes.
To be eligible for the programme, you must have maths and English GCSE qualifications at C grade and above. You must also have a degree or in the final year of study.
Once you have completed the form and provided the information we need, the team will co-ordinate the rest. We can recommend schools that are located near to where you live and answer any questions you may have.
For most of us, the last time we set foot in a classroom was back at school. People who have been on the programme tell us how important the experience was before applying for teacher training.
Applicants will work alongside a single teacher during their experience and participate in lessons as a teaching assistant.
School experience programmes are a fantastic way to see different teaching methods. The conversations that take place during the programme will often shape your future career and can be a great way to ask questions. Consider the types of questions you might ask during the experience to help you make that all important decision at the end of it.
While we encourage those who have little to no experience, we also welcome back teachers who have been away from the profession. The teacher experience programme is a fantastic way to get back in the classroom after time away and get a feel for what's changed and what remains the same. If you are not from Portsmouth but considering a move to the city, it could be a great introduction to the city's schools.
While experience in a classroom is important, meeting a senior member of the team is equally vital as it helps shape your view of teaching.
Senior leaders can discuss progression opportunities and provide top tips when you apply for teacher training. Forming contacts early on is also beneficial as you may find long term relationships result in future job offers.
Are you ready to take your first steps into teaching? All it takes is just two minutes to complete our teacher experience programme form and we will do the rest for you.