School experience

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School experience is essential if you are interested in becoming a teacher. Before you apply for teacher training, you'll need to gain as much experience in the classroom as possible in order to strengthen your application and prepare you for potential interviews.

The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) runs the school experience programme, which offers prospective trainee teachers the chance to see what it’s like to be a teacher.

Once you've registered with us, you can participate in the programme.  

School experience programme

Gain classroom experience through the school experience programme to help support your teacher training application.

Arranging your own school experience

Read our tips on how you can independently arrange to spend time in a school.

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