School Experience Programme

Depending on if you want to be a Primary or Secondary School teacher you can gain up to 10 days experience in school at either Cosby Primary School, Croft Primary School, Hallbrook Primary School, Arnesby Primary School or Thomas Estley Community College. You will benefit from a carefully crafted programme of opportunities and input which include focused time spent within departments or key stages, observing lessons from a number of experienced teachers, understand a variety of pastoral and safeguarding legislation and planning your next steps to becoming a teacher.

Taster Days in Secondary : 

Monday 21 January

Monday 11 February

Monday 8 April

Taster Days in Primary:

Thursday 17 January @ Hallbrook

Monday 28 January  @ Croft 

Tuesday 5 February @ Arnesby

School Experience Week: Monday 4 - Friday 8 March 2019 (Secondary)


  • Considering a change of career?
  • Wondering if teaching is for you?
  • Wanting to apply for a place on a School Direct initial teacher training course but need time in school?

Who is eligible?

Applicants must have Maths and English (and Science for Primary) at GCSE Grade C or above or equivalent. Applicants must have, or be predicted to achieve, a minimum 2:2 in a degree. For Secondary your degree subject must be relevant to the subject you wish to teach (or sufficient A Level qualifications to enable you to progress your teaching training application with some subject knowledge enhancement support if appropriate).

If you are spending a week in school you will need a DBS, this needs to be applied for in advance so please book you place as soon as possible. 

Booking is via the Get into Teaching website

Cost :  £25 per day*

This is payable on the day either by cash or cheque. 

*The cost is refundable if you gain a place with Achieve with TELA School Direct 


Secondary placements at Thomas Estley Community College (LE9 6PT)

Primary placements at Cosby Primary School (LE9 1TE), Croft Primary School (LE9 3GJ), Hallbrook Primary School (LE9 6WX) & Arnesby Primary School (LE8 5WG)



“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank you for allowing me to spend the day at your college. I had a great time and everyone else was so welcoming. The placement itself was such a great experience for me as it gave me the opportunity to get a real insight into teaching. I learnt a lot from that today, and I'm positive it's going to benefit me in my quest to becoming a great teacher. Thanks again for your time and a big thank you to all the teachers and pupils who made us all feel welcome.”

AP – School Experience Visitor 

“Everyone who is seriously considering teaching should complete a well-structured programme like the one offered with TELA as it allows you to truly and honestly see all aspects, positive and negative, to teaching and teacher training, something purely observational work nor volunteering comes close to matching.

 JK - School Experience Visitor (week programme)


Register your interest for the  School Experience Programme for 2018/19   - 

More will be available in 2019, please contact us to reserve a place.