School Experience Programme

In line with DfE guidelines, School Experience may not be possible during the Covid-19 pandemic.


Getting some classroom experience can help you to decide whether teaching is right for you – it will also strengthen your application and is something that all ITT providers will expect you to have. If you are struggling to make the decision between teaching at primary or secondary level, it will also be useful to help inform your ultimate choice.

Whilst the DfE School Experience Programme no longer operates, we at North Dorset Teaching School Alliance believe this opportunity is invaluable. We are happy to support you in accessing experience at primary or secondary schools in our alliance and will organise this without cost when you make an application through us. You will get a flavour of school life and take away lots of experience that will be useful when writing your personal statement for your teacher training application.

During your placement you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Talk to teachers about day-to-day school life
  • Observe teaching and pastoral work
  • Watch a range of lessons and age groups being taught
  • Interact with children in a variety of age ranges
  • Observe the wider school curriculum

For more information about booking some school experience through us, please get in touch via .