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.
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!
Teaching School Director
SEP Dates confirmed:
Bartholomew School (English, Maths, Geography, History, Art, D&T. Religion and Philosophy)
Blessed George Napier Catholic School
Chipping Norton School
Dates tbc (not Art or MFL)
Didcot Girls School
Dates tbc (Computing, English, Geography, History, Maths, MFL, RS, Science)
Dates tbc (not MFL)
King Alfred Academy – contact email@example.com 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)
The Oxford Academy (Maths, English, Science and Humanities)
Wheatley Park (English, Maths, Science, DT – Textiles, Drama, Geography, Music, PE )