Southgate School

School Experience Programme

"It was so informative and I loved seeing the contrasting lessons. I also loved the honesty from the teachers and students, they were realistic and didn't 'sugarcoat' the challenges that come with working in a school - it helped prepare us!"

Ash is now training to be an English teacher via School Direct Salaried route

For those interested in teacher training, ETSA Southgate can offer you placement days through the School Experience Programme which will give you an insight into our aspirational, inclusive and diverse learning communities. A placement with us will provide you with valuable classroom experience.  Our Subject areas are well staffed with a mixture of experienced and new colleagues.  You will have the opportunity to observe teaching in your preferred subject and to talk to teachers about day to day life in a school.

If you are considering a career in teaching it is important that you are able to demonstrate your commitment and enthusiasm by gaining classroom experience prior to submitting an application via UCAS.  Completing a placement on the School Experience Programme will support future applications for Initial Teacher Training and, as a provider of School Direct, give you the opportunity to meet current trainee teachers.

Below are some of quotes from the feedback provided by attendees from our School Experience Days:

"...fantastic insight into a day in a school"

" feedback about the pressures of working in a school"

"...feel much more confident about what I am applying for"

"...great to speak to staff at different levels"

"...loved the honesty from staff and students - realistic did not sugar-coat the challenges"

"...insightful classroom experiences seeing different abilities and age ranges"

" of the best school experience days I have experienced"

We are offering a variety of dates and locations for the 2019/20 School Experience Days, covering the following subjects:

  • Art
  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Design & Technology
  • D&T (Food)
  • English
  • Geography
  • Health & Social Care
  • Maths
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Religious Education
  • Sociology / Psychology

Our School Experience Days for 2019/20 are being finalised and a full programme will be available soon. The School Experience Days will run in our partner schools from November 2019 - May 2020.

If you are interested in attending a School Experience Day please contact John Johnson-Proctor (ETSA Southgate Administrator) by phone or email, stating your preferred subject(s).

Telephone: 0208 449 9583                                           


Please click on the School Experience Day 2018-2019 document at the end of this page for more information on what the day will involve.

In addition School Experience is offered through the National College for Teaching and Learning. Applications to visit can be made initially for a single day and then for up to a maximum of 10 days.

To find out more register with the NCTL:

Documents Date  
School Experience Days 2018 19.pdf 16th Aug 2018 Download