Gaining School Experience

King James´s School is not able to accommodate, or make arrangements for, any school experience visits at present.

The information given below was the situation before the Covid-19 pandemic. 

There is no requirement for applicants for teacher training to have completed school experience before applying or starting a teacher training course.

The White Rose Alliance however recommend applicants try to obtain some recent school experience if at all possible. Being in the school environment & seeing different teaching styles & how your subject is taught, will help you decide if teaching is the right career for you. It will also give you first-hand experience to refer to at interview & be valuable experience to feed into your development during your course.

Gaining school experience at King James´s School

Our lead school, King James´s School, has experience in all departments of hosting visitors who are considering teaching as a career. On a visit day, school experience visitors receive a brief induction to the school & the White Rose Alliance, followed by the opportunity to observe lessons, meet staff & current trainees informally (dependent on staff/trainee timetables & availability). Our departments always extend a warm welcome to visitors & staff are generous in sharing their knowledge & experience.

As King James´s School is the lead school for the White Rose Alliance, visits are restricted to those who are potentially considering applying to White Rose Alliance for training & fulfil the following criteria.

Applicants for experience visits:

  • must not already have accepted a place for teacher training with another provider
  • must be interested in training to teach a subject in which the White Rose Alliance runs a course (which still has places available) & have appropriate qualifications
  • should have an Honours degree (2:2 or above or equivalents) or be studying for an Honours degree, either in the subject they are considering applying to train to teach in, or it must have significant elements of the subject they are applying to train to teach in
  • must have GCSE Maths & English Grades A*-C or equivalents
  • if visiting Languages, should have qualifications in French &/or German

In general King James´s School offers initial one day experience visits on Wednesdays & Thursdays from October to May whenever operationally possible (depending on department timetables, school events, other visits, etc). 

Whilst experience visits are usually within the department of the applicants´ first subject choice, on occasions due to operational reasons (ie. department timetables, staff availability, school events, etc), it may be necessary for us to arrange for visitors to observe one or more lessons in a different department.

Please note that we will not be able to arrange experience visits for subjects where the White Rose Alliance course is full & has been closed.

Enquiries for visits can made through the DfE Get into Teaching School Experience Service which you can access once you have registered on the Get into Teaching website


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