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 (depending on the school) 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


Sign up for the OTSA Secondary School Experience Programme here

Sign up for the OTSA Early Years  School Experience Programme here

For any further information on SEPs in the South contact:

We look forward to hearing from you

How to find us

Gillotts School
Gillotts Lane

01491 574315

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