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School Experience Programme


School experience is a vital part of your teacher training application, and the majority of training providers require you to have it. Getting some classroom experience can also help you to decide whether teaching is right for you.  It will strengthen your application and prepare you for potential interviews.

The Bitterne Park Teaching School Alliance is pleased to offer a range of opportunities through The School Experience Programme (SEP) to individuals who may be considering a career in teaching.

During your placement you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • talk to teachers about day-to-day school life
  • observe teaching and pastoral work
  • watch a range of lessons and age groups being taught

All of this will give you valuable insight and a great focus point for your application and interviews.  As part of your placement, a Disclosure and Barring Service check may be required – this will be organised by the school.

How to take part

To be eligible for the School Experience Programme, you will have already completed your degree or be in your final year, and will have achieved or be predicted to achieve a 2:2 or above (or a third class degree with a grade B or above in the relevant A level for secondary mathematics or physics).

Information on how to register for the Department for Education’s School Experience Programme can be found at:

You may also want to look into arranging your own school experience directly with the Bitterne Park Teaching School Alliance.  You can contact us at to find out more about gaining primary or secondary school experience with us.

Our Partner Schools


Bitterne Park School (Lead School)

Chamberlayne College for the Arts

Matravers School

Pewsey Vale School

Regents Park Community College

St George Catholic College

The Burgate School

The Petersfield School

Hounsdown School


Bitterne Manor Primary School

Moorlands Primary School

Mount Pleasant Junior School

St Denys Primary School

Townhill Junior School


Please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information at:


t: 02380 294133