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 here.

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, Science, Geography, History, Art, D&T. Religion and Philosophy)

15 January 2019
12 February 2019
19 March 2019
18 June 2019

Blessed George Napier Catholic School

11 February 2019
2 May 2019

Cheney School

23 – 24 January 2019
4 – 5 March 2019
27 – 28 June 2019

Cherwell School

6 – 7 February 2019
26 – 27 March 2019

Chipping Norton School

28 – 29 March 2019
9 – 10 May 2019 (not Art or MFL)

Didcot Girls School

New dates tbc

Gillotts

10 – 11 December 2018 – FULL

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

3 – 7 December 2018
28 January – 1 February 2019
4  – 8 February 2019
11  – 15 March 2019 (observing years 7-10 only)
7  – 9 May 2019 (3-day week) (observing years 7-11 only)
13  – 17 May 2019 (observing years 7-10 only)
17  – 21 June 2019 (observing years 7-10 only)

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

12 – 13 March 2019

Oxford Spires

New dates tbc

Wallingford

17 – 18 January 2019
20 – 21 March 2019
22 – 23 May 2019

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

21 January 2019
11 March 2019
1 April 2019
24 June 2019

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Sign up for the OTSA School Experience Programme here

For further information on SEP at Secondary School contact: teachingschool@gillotts.org.uk

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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