In the present circumstances of COVID-19 we have temporarily suspended our School Experience Programme, we will be reopening this once further guidance is provided.

What do SEP and SKE mean?



What is this?

This is a great opportunity to try before you apply!

Spending a day in one of our partner schools provides you with tremendous insight into what it is actually like to be a teacher. We cannot encourage you enough to do this so that you know what the life of a teacher is truly like and specifically what training with us would be like.

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What is this?

An SKE will allow you to improve the subject knowledge that you need and to begin exploring how to deliver the teaching around your chosen subject.

They are useful for both applicants teaching outside of their degree subject and those simply needing a top up or catch up to existing knowledge.

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How to apply to our School Experience Programme

Should you require any help at all to organise a School Experience Day in any of our partner schools please phone or email Kerry so that she can talk you through the process or make bespoke arrangements.

  • Our partner schools have available dates on the School Experience Portal. You need to search for one of our partners, you can view a full list here.
  • To ensure a rapid response to arranging school experience with us it is a good idea, as well as using the School Experience Portal, to contact Kerry. If you contact us directly, bespoke arrangements can be made.

During your day…

We will ensure that as well as being in the classroom you meet colleagues that have graduated from our programme and current trainees.
Whilst you are gaining this experience we will provide guidance to you regarding a successful application to Teacher Training.

Should you choose to apply to GORSE SCITT we are happy to offer further days of School Experience.

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School Experience Portal
Contact Kerry
School Experience Portal

The Benefits of SEP


When l decided to go into teaching, l wasn’t sure which training institution to train with.  l was introduced to  Gorse SCITT by a former trainee so l decided to make contact.

Their friendly staff responded straight away and recommended the School Experience Programme before making my decision.

l was very pleased with this idea particularly because l didn’t do my secondary education in the UK, so as much as l was interested in teaching at secondary level, l had very little knowledge of what goes on in a classroom. l was, therefore, keen to experience at firsthand what teaching and learning is like within Secondary Schools in the UK and the Gorse SCITT Programme offered me just that.

One of my main concerns in training to be a teacher was behaviour management. However, getting the opportunity to sit in different classes to observe experience teachers using combinations of subtle body language techniques, rewarding and sanctioning approaches and other school policies to manage pupils’ behaviours assured me that l would not have to deal with any behaviour issues on my own.

The decision to go ahead to become a teacher and to train with Gorse SCITT was made a whole lot easier because of the day’s school experience l was offered and l am very grateful for that. 

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Subject Knowledge Enhancement

What can I do an SKE in?

There are Subject Knowledge Enhancement programmes for Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, English, Design Technology, RE and Modern Foreign Languages which allow you to improve the subject knowledge that you need and to begin exploring how to deliver the teaching around these subjects.

Not studied for a while?

No problem!

These are especially useful when you have not studied your subject for a while, or you are seeking to teach beyond your subject area. There are 8, 16 and 28 week versions of most of these programmes and they all attract a £200/week bursary.

Applying to GORSE SCITT?

If you are applying for a teacher training place on the GORSE SCITT programme and we all decide an SKE is right for you, we will make this a condition as part of your offer and refer you to Sam Snowden who will support you through the very straightforward application process for one of our own SKEs.

Our SKEs are also available to suitable external candidates who have been directed to a SKE as a condition by their provider

How do I apply for an SKE?


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