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School Experience Programmes across Leicester and Leicestershire

Depending on if you want to be a Primary or Secondary School teacher you can gain experience in school in either a primary or secondary school (or both if you are undecided about the age group you want to teach). School experience will support your teacher training application. Book an initial day in school where you can observe lessons, meet experienced teachers, find out more about the school and the application  process. 

You can then book for further days in schools for further opportunities and inputs which include focused time spent within departments or key stages, observing further 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 : 

Thomas Estley Community College

Station Road,

Broughton Astley

Leicestershire, LE9 6PT

Wednesday 2 October 2019

Wednesday 30 October 2019 

Wednesday 27 November 2019

Wednesday 22 January 2020 

* More dates for 2020 to follow ...

Taster Days in Primary:

Dates and venues to be confirmed soon

School Experience Please book via the 'Get into Teaching' portal or call 01455 283 263 Ext: 3206 for information or email


  • 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


Hallbrook Primary School 


Arnesby Primary School



''I just wanted to drop you a quick email to thank you all for having me in school over the last couple of days. I really enjoyed the experience, everyone I spoke to (not just the Geography staff) were really helpful and  easy to chat with and the two days has only further confirmed how much I want to do this...I look forward to coming back next month for the meet & greet session and really look forward to starting the course in September! If anything, I was a bit disappointed that I wasn't returning today!''

SB - School Experience Visitor 


“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 2019/20   

 Please contact us to reserve a place.