School Experience Programme

School experience is essential if you are interested in becoming a teacher. Before you apply for teacher training, you’ll need to gain as much experience in the classroom as possible in order to strengthen your application and prepare you for potential interviews.

Spending time in a classroom is the ideal way to strengthen your application for teacher training. School experience gives you the chance to watch lessons and see for yourself what it’s really like to be a teacher – and allows you to draw on your own examples in your application and interview.

The school experience programme (SEP) is run by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) and offers places to those wishing to commence initial teacher training (ITT) in a secondary school subject.

What can I expect?

Throughout your placement, you’ll have the opportunity to observe teaching  and to talk to teachers about day-to-day life in a school. You will also receive more information regarding various routes into teaching.

How to join

If you haven’t already, you’ll need to register here before you can participate in the SEP. If you’re eligible for the programme, once you have registered you will receive an email with a registration number indicating what you need to do next. Alternatively you can contact the Teaching Line on 0800 389 2500 for more information.

Before you gain a place, a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check may be required.This may take four weeks or more to complete.

If you have any questions about your application to the SEP, you can contact the Teaching Line directly by emailing schoolexperience@TA-recruit.education.gov.uk or on freephone 0800 389 2500.