• 1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
  • I would observe the teaching methods of the classes and for any group or individual work, I would get involved with helping the students to complete their work when they were in difficulty.


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
  • I developed my observational skills with regards to how teaching is done. By spending many weeks in different classes with a range of different teachers, I found that all teachers are very different with their teaching styles.


  • 3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
  • I really enjoyed the opportunities to assist in students' work and help in their understanding of the content, however, was less keen on the observations, as whilst they did help, I felt intrusive.


  • 4. How valued do you feel by Secondary School?
  • I received far more recognition than I felt I had deserved. I did very little actual work helping the students and yet the teacher was always very gracious and thankful.


  • 5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
  • The work experience was rather informal, I had organised it through email so had no real structure other than to gain experience in the school enviroment to aid with UCAS applications for teacher training.


  • 6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
  • I received lots of support, every teacher I communicated with were really helpful and happy to help. I had no attitude issues against me and really enjoyed my time at the school.


  • 6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
  • I didn't receive much support excluding like arranging the weekly visits as it was all for my benefit and I was doing it.


  • 7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
  • There was no salary so any expenses paid.


  • 8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
  • As I was only there for such a short time, I was unable to get involved in any additional activities.


  • 9. Would you recommend Secondary School to a friend?
  • Yes

  • 9b. Why?
  • It was largely beneficial to my development and experience towards teacher training and I feel it would benefit anyone planning on teaching.

  • 10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Secondary School?
  • Talk to careers centres and friends and families to see if they have any links into the workplaces as it is the quickest way to get a placement.


Work Experience

South East

May 2017

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