Have you arranged your work experience and thinking now what? This post is designed to give you an overview of how to prepare for work experience in the classroom and how to make the most of it. 

In order to maximise your time at the school it’s best to go with clear aims and objectives in mind. Think about what you are hoping to learn whilst you are there. 

Some key things to consider within the classroom are: 

  • Lesson structure – is one followed and how effective is it. 
  • Classroom and behaviour management – what strategies does the teacher use? Is there a seating plan or not? Why? What are the sanctions? Are any issued? Why or why not? 
  • Differentiation – how does the teacher strech and challenge all those in the classroom?
  • Adaptability – how do teachers adapt the same lesson with one group compared to another? What do they change? Why? Does it work? 
  • How does teaching differ between different Key Stages – try to get some time with different key stages in the school

There are also some wider school issues that are worth considering, such as:

  • Teaching sets/Mixed ability groups – which is used and why? 
  • Homework – does the school have a policy?
  • Pupils’ books – does the school allow them to take them home? If not, why not. 
  • Additional responsibilities that teachers have outside of the classroom e.g. form teacher, extra curriculum clubs etc

These ideas are just a guideline to get you started and thinking out your experience. It is worthwhile making sure you speak to as many different teachers as possible and ask them about their experiences, including the advantages and disadvantages of teaching. If the school has student teachers, speak to them about applications, the course and any advice they have for you. 

Good luck! 

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