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

17 October 2019
12 February 2020
23 April 2020

Cheney School

Dates tbc

Cherwell School

16 – 17 December 2019
4 –  5 February 2020
24 – 25 March 2020

Chipping Norton School 

11 – 12 November 2019 
9 – 10 March 2020 (not Art or MFL)

Didcot Girls School

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

Gillotts

Dates tbc

Icknield School

Dates tbc (not MFL)

King Alfred Academy – contact jstocker@kaacademy.org to enrol on the following:

7 – 11 October 2019 (observing All Years)
14 – 18 October 2019 (observing All Years)
2 – 6 December 2019 (observing All Years)
27 – 31 January 2020 (observing Yrs. 7-12 only)
3 – 7 February 2020 (observing Yrs. 7-12 only)
23 – 27 March 2020 (observing All Years)
4 – 7 May 2020 4-day week due to change of Bank Holiday (Yrs. 7-11 only)
11 – 15 May 2020 (observing Yrs.7-10 only)
22 – 26 June 2020 (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

Wallingford

Dates tbc

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

Dates tbc

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Sign up for the OTSA School Experience Programme here

For further information on SEPs at Primary and Secondary Schools in the South contact: teachingschool@gillotts.org.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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