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Physics School Experience Programme

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What’s in it for you?

If you are considering a career in teaching physics, it is important to spend some time in a school observing physics lessons. It is crucial to go back into the classroom and observe lessons through the eyes of a prospective teacher, not a pupil.

Gaining classroom experience before starting your initial teacher training (ITT) can help in two ways:

  • It allows you to be sure that a career in teaching is right for you
  • It is a prerequisite for initial teacher training and can support your application for ITT

How you can apply

Our School Experience Programme puts you in touch with schools in your local area that are willing to take on students looking for physics-related classroom experience.

Register online for our free programme and we will contact you within seven days with a list of schools in your local area that you could visit. We will let the schools know that you are going to be in touch, but the onus is on you to liaise with the school(s) to arrange when you will visit them and for how long.

The School Experience Programme is open to anyone with an interest in teaching physics. You will need to demonstrate that you have a genuine passion and interest in becoming a physics teacher.

What will your experience be like?

Each school experience visit is different. Hear from participants’ about their experiences below:

“I participated in three classes for three different school years. It was a great experience to observe how the day-to-day life is for a physics teacher.”

“It was a wonderful day which helped me realise how much I would enjoy being a science teacher”

“All of the reservations & worries I had about becoming a secondary school teacher have been addressed & eased thanks to this experience. I am now more determined than ever to continue with my plans of becoming a physics teacher.


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  • Ongoing
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  • All grades
  • Year-long
  • Various UK

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  • All STEM disciplines

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