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    Getting School Experience (SEP and STEP)

    One of the best ways to find out whether a career in teaching is right for you is to step into the classroom and speak to experienced teachers and school staff. Southfields Academy offers school experience to those who are considering teaching in a mainstream secondary school. You can observe outstanding teachers in action and see how students work with their teachers.

    The duration of school experience will vary from one to ten days, subject to availability. N.B. It is not possible to guarantee two weeks of observations, which is the minimum experienced required by many ITT providers.

    To be eligible to visit us you need to hold a good Honours degree (2:2 or above) in a subject relevant to your chosen subject to teach.  the exception is for Maths and Physics where relevant third class Honours degree may be considered.

    There are two options, depending on your chosen subject.

    School Experience Programme (SEP)

    This is run by the National College for Teaching & Leadership (NCTL) and is free to participants. However, the SEP is ONLY available for the following High Priority and Priority subjects:

    Computer Science
    Design & Technology
    Modern Foreign Languages (Southfields Academy specialises in Spanish ONLY).

    For other subjects see information on STEP or approach your local school.

    How to book for SEP

    All observations for these subjects are processed via the NCTL SEP booking system available by clicking here.

    Southfields Teaching Experience Programme (STEP)

    This is run by Southfields Academy and covers Non-Priority subjects:

    Art & Design, Business Studies, Dance, Drama, English, History, PE and Social Science.

    You are not restricted to one subject. If you add extra days it is possible to observe in a selection of departments.

    Our STEP programme is chargeable, but Day 1 provides an introductory session from our Director of ITT on what constitutes a good teacher, a good lesson and how to get the most out of your observations. You would then go into classes to observe for the rest of the school day and have a debrief session back at the Teaching School at the end of the day. Additional days can be added, at mutual convenience, and these would be spent entirely in the department(s) of your choice. (N.B. If you are prepapred to observe in various departments this will increase your chance of obtaining additional days).

    The next Introductory Days we are booking are:

    20th October 2015

    24th November 2015

    The fee is payable to the school before the Introductory Day commences. All participants must attend an Introductory Day before being considered for visits on any other dates.

    Arrangements for additional experience days (after the Introductory Day)

    Participants will be considered for additional days (after the Introductory Day) based on the needs of the school and places available. At any time during a visit, the school has a right to ask the participant to leave if they pose a threat to pupils or conduct themselves in a way that seems inappropriate.

    Administration fee for the STEP

    Introductory Day (Day One) £50.00
    Days 2-5 £25.00 per day
    Days 6-10 £20.00 per day


    How to book for the STEP

    If you would like to apply for the STEP please e-mail training@southfields.wandsworth.sch.uk including your preferred date, full address details and chosen subject. Alternatively, call 020 8871 1140.

    We can then check whether the department can accommodate you and our Finance Team will invoice you for payment. Once payment is received, your booking is confirmed (although we reserve the right to cancel if circumstances change).

    There are limited places available, so book early to avoid disappointment.

    School Experience Testimonials

    These are comments from some of our recent participants:


    “All teachers welcomed me and were friendly and helpful”.

    “I liked the opportunity to speak to students”.

    “Good variety of classes.  I learnt a lot”.

    “I witnessed different behaviour management techniques”.

    “Good overview of the Department and subjects taught”.

    “The equipment and machinery available is extremely impressive”. (Design Technology)


    “The morning introduction was beneficial and helped me to observe and identify good teaching practice”.

    “Classes were engaging and interesting”.

    “Great help from teachers”.

    “Very interesting to observe different teaching techniques”.

    “I got a good insight into Business Studies”.

    “The kids were brilliant”.

    “I gained more information on what I need to do”.

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