Teaching is an extremely rewarding vocation with so much potential for personal development and many different career opportunities; however we know it is not right for everyone. We think one of the best ways to decide whether or not teaching might be the right career path for you is to get some classroom experience.
Wallingford School is one of the partner schools working closely with the Oxfordshire Teaching Schools Alliance offering up to 3 day placements for those that wish to experience classroom teaching and wider school life.
Placements are typically three days long with the majority of the time spent in the classroom in lessons; however there are also opportunities to observe tutor time, talk to other staff about daily life in a school, work with teachers across a wide age range and potentially see extracurricular activities.
- Have you thought about a career in teaching?
- Do you know what the routes into teaching are?
- Are you aware of the experience required for teaching courses?
- Would you like to be part of a programme that will give you an advantage over other candidates?
- Do you know anyone else from Wallingford School to whom these things might apply?
Wallingford School is starting a long-term project to support current and former students who have an interest in teaching for a living. The overall aim is to provide young people with a chance to see if it is the right career for them, with an understanding of the nature of the work involved and support for applications to training courses.
Year 12 / 13 Students
- A pre-university school experience programme that inspires students to teach.
- A chance to work with young people in lessons, through individual or small group work and link with a
- Guidance through the university application process.
Current University Students
- Opportunities for annual work experience at Wallingford School, taking on Mentoring, Teaching Assistant and Cover Supervisor roles outside university term time.
- Support for graduates applying for training straight from university.
- A chance to be linked with a particular department.
- Opportunities for work experience in school or, where vacancies appear, as paid Teaching Assistants and Cover Supervisors.
- Support towards gaining Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
- It is increasingly difficult for young people to get into teaching. Often, years of experience in a school are involved before applying to a post-graduate course. We want to give students the best chance possible to get into the profession, knowing that they are well-educated, well-informed and well-prepared. We know that there are many students past and present who can make a huge difference through teaching.