School Experience

Thinking about a career in teaching?

NEW! Gain vital school experience - Come and meet us on either 2 December 2016 or 11 January 2017

You are invited to attend our school experience programme which will consist of a day in our training centre at Euston House, London followed by a day at your convenience in either a local primary, secondary or special academy.

The first day will include the opportunity to find out more about teaching, our network of academies, our values and our professional learning journey.  We will also provide useful guidance to support your UCAS application and prepare candidates for the selection process.  Day two will be based in one of our academies where they will have the opportunity to: -

      • Talk to teachers about day to day academy life
      • Observe teaching , learning and assessment
      • Watch a range of lessons being taught across different age groups

                                                                      Registration is now open so to book your place on the London School Experience Programme,                                                                             please complete the booking form.

General School Experience

If you are interested in becoming a teacher, getting some classroom experience can help you to decide whether teaching is right for you.  It will also strengthen your UCAS application and prepare you for potential interviews for Initial Teacher Training (ITT), by spending some time in a classroom and speaking to experienced teachers and school staff.

Why not spend some time in one of our schools which is an excellent way to gain an insight into teaching as a career?  AET School Experience Programme (SEP) offers classroom experience in a primary and secondary phases. The duration is flexible (1 to 10 days); this will be agreed between you and your host school.

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and other safeguarding check may be required. This will be organised by the school and could impact on the length of your placement.

You will be able to apply for AET SEP if you hold or are working towards a first class or 2:1 degree and are considering teaching at primary, special or secondary level. 

How to Apply

Click here to select the school that you wish to train in for School Direct 

These detail the subjects/phases offered


Your school experience can lead to an offer for interview for the School Direct place advertised.

Be Flexible

Please be mindful that classroom experience may have to fit in around a school's training placements, exams and other activities. 
Less is never more

The more time you spend getting experience in a school the better!

If you do not meet the requirements but have additional relevant experience, please contact us to discuss your options.