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Teacher training preparation: school experience

We want you to ensure that you have made a fully informed decision to become a teacher.

The best way to do that is to spend time gaining school observation experience.

Before making your application - and certainly before  starting the course - observe teaching and learning in different classrooms.

If you are intending to study a primary teacher training programme we recommend spending time in both Key Stages of a primary school. Alternatively, if you are looking to apply for a secondary teaching course we suggest you observe teaching and learning in a mixed, state secondary school.

Each school is different; talk to as many teachers as you can. Ask them about the challenges and rewards of teaching.

We know, as an Ofsted “Outstanding” provider, that the more observation experience you're able to complete before starting your teacher training course, the more prepared and confident you'll be when you enter classroom.

PGCE Primary classroom experience

On the PGCE Primary course, you will complete two assessed primary school placements, which St Mary's will organise. You will also have a four-week Enhancement placement that you will organise.

PGCE Secondary classroom experience

If you're studying one of our PGCE Secondary programmes, you will complete two assessed secondary school placements, which St Mary's will organise. These assessed placements will total 120 days in school.