School Experience

Want to find out if teaching is the career for you? Want to strengthen your application?

Then consider a School Experience Placement with us.

We offer school experience placements at Silverdale, our lead secondary school, and Malin Bridge, our lead primary school - as well as other schools within our Alliance.

During your placement you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • talk to teachers about day-to-day school life,
  • observe teaching in your preferred subject,
  • watch a range of lessons and age groups being taught.

Why undertake a School Experience Placement?

If you are considering a career in teaching it is important that you are able to demonstrate your commitment and enthusiasm by gaining classroom experience prior to submitting an application via UCAS.

Completing a placement on the School Experience Programme will support future applications for Initial Teacher Training and, as a large provider of School Direct, give you the opportunity to meet current trainee teachers. It also allows you to be sure that teaching is the right career for you. With the opportunity to talk to a range of teachers and trainees, you can find out about the reality of life in a school.

Who can apply for a School Experience Placement?

You will be eligible to apply for the SEP if you hold (or are predicted) at least a 2:2 degree and are interested in training to teach in a Secondary School setting. You can also apply as an undergraduate if you are in your final year of studying.

Places are limited, so we give priority to those people who are thinking of applying to the Sheffield Teaching School Alliance for their teacher training course.

Why choose Silverdale for your School Experience Placement?

We are an Ofsted-rated 'Outstanding' school, with an inclusive ethos, located in the south-west of Sheffield. Our staff and students speak over 50 languages, and we teach all the way up to Sixth form.

Our subject areas are well staffed with a mixture of experienced and new colleagues and all our subject mentors are trained by the relevant universities.

Unlike many other schools, we still offer a broad and balanced curriculum, so there are lots of subjects on offer:

  • Art and Design
  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Design and Technology
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Maths
  • MFL (French, Spanish, German)
  • Physical Education (P.E.)
  • Physics
  • Religious Education & Philosophy

Can I apply for a School Experience Placement at a primary school?

Yes, you can do this at our lead primary school, Malin Bridge, or at other schools within our Alliance.

How can I apply for a School Experience Placement at Silverdale?

You can apply for a School Experience Placement at Silverdale School by going via the national portal here.