In 2008, whilst on maternity leave with my second son, I heard about a programme called ‘Insight into Teaching’ run through the Careers Development Centre at Stirling University. Attendee’s are placed in schools for 6 weeks, for half a day a week. Places were awarded on the programme following competitive application.
I was successful and my placement school was a non-denominational school in Stirling with about ~700 children on the roll. At the time of my visit, the attendance of students was below the national average. Something I noticed for myself, when I noticed that there were only 15 seats available in a class with a potential roll of 20. When I asked about it, I was informed that it didn’t matter because in that particular lesson, they could guarantee about 25% truancy.
During the placement I observed, physics, chemistry and biology lessons. I was advised that there would be greater chance of employment if I went down the route of pupil support. I had a really interesting time and learnt a great deal, it gave me a lot to think about, but the time wasn’t right to follow the teaching route just yet.
To record my experience I was given a worksheet to record evidence of my placement.
When I discovered the requirement to have a minimum of 10 days teaching experience in a secondary school in order to access a SCITT programme, I recalled the worksheet. I adapted it, and used it to record details of my School Experience. It was very well received at my interview and I have made it available for others to use click here (I have been granted permission to share it from the Careers Development Centre at Stirling University). It is best to print using the ‘Borderless’ option, in your printing options menu (or equivalent).
One of my conditions to access the SCITT course I have been accepted at, is to complete an evidence document of the school experience that I have done. The log is going to prove invaluable!