School Experience Programme for schools

Are you willing to help the physics teachers of the future take their first steps?

The Institute often hears that individuals who are thinking of applying for initial teaching training (PGCE) struggle to gain observational experience in a school. The majority of training providers require an applicant to have at least three days of observation under their belt even before submitting their application. At present, there is little support and assistance for individuals to achieve this.

Our links with teachers and schools across the UK has made it possible for us to develop the School Experience Programme to support potential physics teacher trainees. This programme involves matching a prospective teacher to a school in their region to gain the necessary school observational experience.

Your involvement could increase the numbers embarking on a new career in physics teaching, and, you never know, it might put you in contact with a budding teacher for the future. If you have any questions, please get in touch.

What to expect when you register for the programme

The Institute has produced a document answering some of the questions you may have about the programme.

Register your school for the School Experience Programme


Here are some comments from people who have benefited from the programme:

"The school has allowed me to observe their science lessons for a range of ages, teachers and topics every Tuesday. So far I have attended on two occasions; it has been really enjoyable and confirmed in my mind that teaching is the career change I need. I have now applied through the GTTR for a place on a PGCE Physics with Maths course and will continue to attend school til the end of the summer term once a week." Lindsay, civil engineer

"I had a full day of observing KS4 and A-level physics with two different teachers, plus a lesson of KS4 maths at my request. I also had the chance to chat with other science teachers. It was very easy to arrange – the school replied quickly to my emails and we'd set a date within a week or so of my initial contact. Many thanks for providing this contact for me - very worthwhile!" Sarah, physics undergraduate

"I spent a day in the physics department and was able to observe four physics and one maths lesson. The head of the physics department and his colleagues were very welcoming and it was a great chance to ask lots of questions and get a feel for being in the classroom. The visit has also helped me to decide that I would prefer a Physics/Science PGCE to Physics with Maths, and overall was a very positive experience.’ Matt, physics with astrophysics undergraduate

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