School Experience Programme


Work Experience in Schools


If you are looking to pursue a career in teaching it is

vital that you get into schools and experience what

life as a teacher is really like.  Often we make

judgements about teaching based on our own

experience as life as a student, but it can be very

different seeing things from the other side of

the classroom.


This programme is available to potential applicants. 

You will be able to spend up to three days gaining

experience in one of our schools prior to applying for

an ITT course.  You will be given the opportunity to

observe and engage in lessons.


To arrange school experience, for either Primary or Secondary, please contact the School Experience Programme on 0800 085 0962 or at note you will need to search under Secondary General as opposed to an individual subject.


There is an administration cost of £10 per day for some subjects.



1st Day – Induction

Induction and tour of school

Lower School student track to experience a variety of lessons taught by a variety of staff

Review with School Lead at the end of the day to discuss future plans


2nd and 3rd Day

Time in department to experience specific subject area

Opportunities to meet with current School Direct trainees

Review with School Lead to discuss further days of experience and School Direct application process

 At the end of each day you will receive a certificate of attendance to use as evidence when applying for ITT courses.


If you book one of our Primary experience days, you will need to arrange a short visit to Great Sankey High School to provide photo identification and proof of current address.  Please contact Clare Delmont, the Teaching School Administrator to arrange an appointment 01925 724118 ext. 1011 or

Click here to hear what people are saying about our School Experience Programme!

"Maths has always been one of my strongest subjects, however having a degree in Sport didn’t make me the most ideal candidate to become a Maths teacher.  Completing a subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) course in Mathematics not only gave me the knowledge and confidence to teach KS3 and KS4 maths, it has given me a nationally recognised qualification which employers regard as a high level subject knowledge base of the national curriculum.  The course was all online and support is available at all times. Highly recommended for anyone who has the passion to teach but lack a subject specific degree."

Michael Robinson - 32 week SKE in Mathematics via TES institute 2015/16


“I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the time you spent with me on Friday. I really found the entire day a fantastic experience and am completely sold on my future career being teaching, with respect to Physics!”

Patrick Armstrong March 2015


Great Sankey High School

Barrow Hall Lane

Warrington, Cheshire  WA5 3AA

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