School experience programme

OTSA School Experience Programme (SEP)

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.  We run this programme because we want to make getting experience in schools as easy as possible. If you would like us to we’ll guide you on every step on the journey from these early observation experiences, through preparing you for interview, onto a training course and throughout your career.

Placements are typically one or two 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

SEP Dates confirmed:

Bartholomew School (English, Maths, Geography, History, Art, D&T. Religion and Philosophy)

Dates tbc

Blessed George Napier Catholic School

Dates tbc

Cheney School

Dates tbc

Cherwell School

Dates tbc

Chipping Norton School

Dates tbc (not Art or MFL)

Didcot Girls School

Dates tbc (Computing, English, Geography, History, Maths, MFL, RS, Science)


Dates tbc

Icknield School

Dates tbc (not MFL)

King Alfred Academy – contact to enrol on the following:

Dates tbc (observing years 7-10 only)

Larkmead School (English, Maths, Science, History, Geography, P&R, MFL, DT, PE, Dance, Drama, Music)

Dates tbc

The Oxford Academy (Maths, English, Science and Humanities)

Dates tbc

Oxford Spires

Dates tbc


Dates tbc

Wheatley Park (English, Maths, Science, DT – Textiles, Drama, Geography, Music, PE )

Dates tbc


Sign up for the OTSA School Experience Programme here

For further information on SEP at Secondary School contact:

For Primary Experience Programme enquiries, please contact

We look forward to hearing from you

How to find us

Gillotts School
Gillotts Lane

01491 574315

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