School Experience with Perry Beeches The Academy Trust

Why is school experience important?
At Perry Beeches we think it’s important that anyone who thinks teaching might be for them gets the opportunity to do so.  Not only is this a good way for you to find out if teaching really is for you, it is also a vital part of your SCITT School Direct application. Throughout your application you will need to show that you have a good understanding of the role of a teacher, the national curriculum for your subject, and the pedagogy for your subject (how your subject is taught effectively).

The ideal amount time in school that we look for on an application is 10 days, we can arrange these days to suit you. In the past many of our successful SEP participants have stayed with Perry Beeches and used this as the experience needed to fulfil their School Direct application.

We hold regular School Experience Days across our trust of schools but we also complete one-off initial days to suit people who are in work or have other commitments.


If you are interested in teaching Maths, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, DT, French, Geography please register for the SEP here, once registered you can then search for our next SEP block days.

If you are interested in teaching any other subjects, please contact us on 0121 289 3944 or at and she will be able to advise you of your next steps.

School experience can help you confirm whether teaching is right for you – or you may have already decided teaching is for you, and you need to gain school experience prior to applying

Initial teacher training (ITT) providers will expect you to reflect on your school experience in your written application and during an ITT interview, so observing lessons in the subject(s) that you wish to teach, and seeing a variety of creative and innovative teaching styles used with students of different abilities and backgrounds, is essential

Guidelines for a good school experience


  • … let the school know on arrival if you have a previous conviction; a health issue; or a disability (e.g. physical disability that may make access to the school difficult).
  • … make sure you arrive on time at the school – teachers will probably have limited time at the start of the day to talk to you about the arrangements for the day.
  • … make sure you are not left alone with students at any time during the day – there should always be a member of school staff present. This is to satisfy the school’s safeguarding policy. If, during your placement, you see anything which concerns you, you should report this to the Headteacher or to your SEP contact.
  • … make sure you arrive on time to lessons – it’s important to observe the entrance / start of the lesson.
  • … ensure your mobile phone is turned off when you are in lessons.
  • … introduce yourself to the class teacher and ask if you can talk to the students at some stage during the lesson.
  • … talk to students about their work, if you have the opportunity.
  • … take lots of notes! You will need to reflect on what you have seen for your personal statement – and will also be expected to talk about your reflections on your school experience at an ITT interview.
  • … try to observe a range of student age groups and abilities if possible.
  • … try to find out about the breadth of the curriculum in your subject and how the teacher knows what to teach each lesson.
  • … talk to teachers about their role as a teacher: delivering lessons, creating and marking assessments, giving feedback and report writing, preparing lessons and resources, acting as a form tutor, liaising with other staff etc.
  • … talk to teachers about their life as a teacher – what is the career progression like? pay? holidays? job satisfaction?
  • … take the opportunity to talk to trainee teachers about their ITT programme.
  • … offer to talk to students about your career if you think it is relevant to the work they are doing.
  • … think about how you could fit into school life – what personal skills and qualities do you have that would make you a good teacher? And what extra curricular activities could you offer schools e.g. trips; music; sport?

Do Not……

  • … wander off unaccompanied in or around the school – if you need to use a toilet, remember to use a staff rather than pupil toilet.
  • … leave the site without signing out – if you need to leave please let your contact at the school know, and remember to sign out at reception.
  • … eat, chew or drink in classrooms, or use a mobile phone – bottled water is sometimes permitted in lessons, but do ask the school beforehand about their policy on this. You will be  considered a visitor to the school and will be expected to observe the school’s professional standards and rules.