Noctua Teaching School Alliance

School Experience Programme

About the programme
Spending time in a classroom is the ideal way to strengthen an application for teacher training. School experience provides the chance to watch lessons and see what it's really like to be a teacher – and allows you to draw on your own examples in your application and interview.

The school experience programme (SEP) is run by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) and offers places to those wishing to commence initial teacher training (ITT) in a primary school.

Throughout your placement, you'll have the opportunity to observe teaching and to talk to teachers about day-to-day life in a school. You should get the chance to see a range of different lessons and age groups being taught – but if you have any specific requests, you can talk to your school about accommodating these.
While your experience will focus on observation, you may have the chance to plan and deliver part or all of a lesson. Your time in a school might also include the opportunity to meet or shadow a member of senior management.

There is a fixed charge of £50 for a 10 day placement in our good / outstanding schools. If you require a DBS then you would also need to pay for this at a charge of approx £60*.

Noctua Teaching School Completion Certification
At the end of the placement, you will receive a certificate from the Headteacher to certify that you have carried out a 10 day placement in one of our schools, gaining valuable ‘theory in to practice’. 

How to register
If you haven't already, you'll need to register your details before you can participate in the SEP. If you're eligible for the programme, once you have registered you will receive an email with a registration number indicating what you need to do next. Alternatively you can contact the Teaching Line on 0800 389 2500 for more information.
*Before you gain a place, a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check may be required. This will be organised by the school and can take four weeks or more to complete.

If you have any questions about the application, please contact the Teaching Line directly by or call freephone 0800 389 2500.