School experience programme

OTSA School Experience Programme

Teaching is more than just a job; it is a vocation but it is not for everyone. The best way to decide whether or not teaching might be the right career for you is to get some classroom experience.

Sign up for the OTSA School Experience Programme. We work with schools across Oxfordshire to offer interested applicants a chance to get into state schools and see what life in the classroom is really like.

Placements are typically three days* long with the majority of the time being spent in the classroom in lessons. On the first day, there will be some time to think about how to observe lessons effectively as well as some information on the different training routes.  After that you will be able to watch a range of subject lessons taught to different age groups, observe tutor time (part of the pastoral programme) and talk to teachers about their experiences of day-to-day life in school.  As well as giving you invaluable insight into whether or not teaching might be right for you these placements also provide you with relevant school experience to support an application for teacher training.

I have been teaching for fifteen years in Oxfordshire state schools and despite the undeniable pressures of the job, I know I wouldn’t do anything else!

Sarah McHugh

Teaching School Director

*Day one of any SEP is important because we offer guidance on how to maximise the benefits of your time in school. However, it is anticipated that not all prospective candidates will be able to do three days in a block  so there is flexibility to do just one or two days.

Dates confirmed:

Bartholomew School Eynsham

New dates tbc

Cherwell School

New dates tbc

Didcot Girls School

New dates tbc

Gillotts

17th – 18th September 2018

King Alfred Academy

5th – 19th October 2018
26th – 30th November 2018
3rd – 7th December 2018
28th January – 1st February 2019
4th February – 8th February 2019
11th March – 15th March 2019 (observing years 7-10 only)
7th May – 9th May 2019 (3-day week) (observing years 7-11 only)
13th May – 17th May 2019 (observing years 7-10 only)
17th June – 21st June 2019 (observing years 7-10 only)

The Oxford Academy

12  July 2018

Oxford Spires

11 – 13 July 2018

Wallingford

New dates tbc

Wheatley Park

New dates tbc

If you are interested in attending, please email teachingschool@gillotts.org.uk and confirm which dates you are interested in along with:

Full Name:
Email Address:
Contact No:
Interested subject(s)
Have you already applied? If so, who to?
If not, who is on your short list?

Please also confirm that you are happy for your information to be shared with participating schools and OTT for marketing purposes so that we are able to process your SEP application and keep you up-to-date with our initial teacher training (ITT) provision.

For Primary Experience Programme enquiries, please contact teaching.schools@windmill.oxon.sch.uk

We look forward to hearing from you

How to find us

Gillotts School
Gillotts Lane
Henley-on-Thames
Oxfordshire
RG9 1PS


01491 574315

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