School Experience Programme

If you’re considering a career in teaching physics, it is important that you spend some time in a school observing physics lessons.

Gaining classroom experience before starting your initial teacher training (ITT) can help you be sure that a career in teaching is right for you. With school experience being a prerequisite for many PGCE providers, it can also support your application for ITT. 

School Experience Programme

The IOP is aware that it is not always easy to gain access to schools. Our School Experience Programme helps to put you in touch with schools that are willing to take on students looking for classroom experience.

The IOP’s School Experience Programme can assist you in finding a school to visit if:

  • You are trying to decide whether teaching is for you
  • You have already made up your mind and are looking for experience to support your initial teacher training (ITT) application

Benefits of School Experience:

  • Students are able to speak to experienced teachers and staff
  • Often people find that the school environment has changed from what they remember during their time at school; getting back into the classroom gives you a better idea of what to expect as a new teacher
  • Spending time in a classroom can confirm your desire to teach
  • Classroom experience shows tutors that you are taking teaching seriously
  • Visiting a school may assist you in securing employment there in the future

What to expect when you register for the programme

We have produced a question and answer sheet to help you understand what to expect from the programme: 

School Experience Programme: Guidance for Participants (PDF, 90 KB)

Register your interest

Simply complete the form below to register your interest and we will give you the details of schools in your area that have signed up to the programme. 



Comments  (Please write a little about what course you are doing or looking to do as well as any other comments you may have. Your comments will be sent directly to the schools):

Please note, our partnership schools are within the United Kingdom

If you are a school that's interested in helping with our SEP, you can register here.



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