Gaining school experience

"Thank you very much for a brilliant day.  All the staff and children were so nice.  It was lovely to see a school day in progress."

"Thank you very much for today - It's been really interesting to see learning in action, and to hear more about GLF."

We believe that having some school experience is important if you are considering training to be a teacher; it allows you to see the nature of the role and make sure that it is right for you before you apply or undertake your training.

We recommend that applicants have completed at least five days of recent experience in the classroom prior to applying so that you can reflect on your observations in your UCAS personal statement and discuss them at interview. We also encourage applicants to have experience in at least two schools over the last year. 

We do however appreciate that if you are in full time employment, you may not be able to take time off work to gain school experience.  School experience is therefore not a conditional part of your application, and we would be looking for the qualities outlined in our person specification when reviewing applications.

Many of our applicants come to teaching through being a classroom assistant.  If you think you would benefit from spending time in school prior to applying for training, please see the GLF careers page.


We are able to offer a 2 day placement of secondary school experience at Glyn School in the following subjects: art & design, business studies, computing/ICT, design & technology, drama, English, geography, history, maths, MFL, music, PE, RS & science. 

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 in your specialist subject

All of this will give you valuable insight and a great focus point for your application and interviews.

Dates for 2019/20 are as follows:



21st & 22nd Nov

Music, Art

5th & 6th Dec

Music, Art, IT

16th & 17th Jan

Art, RS,

30st & 31st Jan

Music, RS, IT

13th & 14th Feb

Music, RS

5th & 6th Mar


19th & 20th Mar

 Art, RS



Places can be requested by clicking here.  

Please note:

  • Availability of places is limited by faculty size, so please try and be flexible with your dates.  We will endeavour to book you in for a visit but cannot guarantee a place.
  • Priority will be given to candidates who have expressed a preference for training on a programme starting in September 2020.
  • Dates may be subject to change at short notice.
  • We charge an administrative fee of £25 for a school experience visit.  Once you have had confirmation of your dates, payment will be required and is non-refundable.

For safeguarding reasons, all visitors should bring a current DBS certificate which must be shown to reception on the day of the visit.  If you do not have a DBS, two forms of ID (one photographic) should be presented when you arrive at reception and you will be escorted at all times when on the school premises. 

Due to popularity for places, we can only offer a maximum of 2 days at Glyn School.  

Partnership schools:

We may also be able to offer visits to many of our partnership schools.  If you are interested in a particular school, please contact our team  


We will endeavour to place applicants at one of our partnership schools in the Surrey area for a 1 day school experience visit.  We charge an adminstrative fee of £15 for all visits; once you have had confirmation of your dates, payment will be required in advance and is non-refundable.  

To request a primary placement, please click here.

Please note we are unable to offer primary school experience visits in the summer term.

DfE School Experience Portal

You can also request school experience in other primary and secondary schools through the DfE portal.  If you are able to undertake schools experience in order to submit your teacher training application, we recommend that you sign up for the DfE experience and GLF School's experience, and also contact schools within your local area directly.