One of the best ways to find out if a career in teaching is right for you is to spend some time in a classroom and speak to experienced staff.

The School Experience Programme (SEP) has been developed by the Department for Education to allow people interested in getting into teaching the chance to gain first hand experience. As part of this initiative, our school experience days offer the opportunity to observe lessons, meet current trainees and mentors, and discuss the various routes into teaching with our experts – in both primary and secondary settings.

School experience days involve:
– Observations of lessons within the school setting
– A discussion with current trainee teachers
– Opportunities to discuss routes into teaching
– Information on how to apply, finances and what a training year looks like
– A chance to see if teaching is for you.

These may also lead to two additional days in the academy.

This academic year’s dates


20/1/22, 17/3/22, 5/5/22
Tuxford Academy, NG22 0JH

8/1/22, 4/3/22, 20/5/22
Queen Elizabeth’s Academy, NG19 7AP

25/3/22, 13/5/22
Retford Oaks Academy, DN22 7NJ

2/2/22, 15/3/22, 6/5/22
Walton Academy, NG31 7JR

24/1/22, 7/3/22, 9/5/22
The Holgate Academy, NG15 6PX

28/2/22, 9/5/22
East Leake Academy, LE12 6QN


24/1/22 – Worksop Priory Primary Academy, S80 2LJ
24/2/22 – St Oswald’s C of E Academy, DN9 3EQ
28/3/22 – Bracken Lane Primary Academy, DN22 7EU
28/4/22 – Samuel Barlow Primary Academy, NG21 9DG
23/5/22 – Tuxford Primary Academy, NG22 0NA


21/3/22, 17/5/22
Yeoman Park Academy
NG19 8PS


Data when applying is only visible to Diverse Association for Professional learning, and will only be used to contact you in the context of organising school experience.

We have a commitment to safeguarding. Photo ID will be needed on the day, and you will be escorted on site at all times.

We hope that after completing a school experience day, you will go on to make an application for teacher training within one of Diverse Association for Professional Learning Schools.

Further information

Details of eligibility to train to teach can be found on the Get Into Teaching website.