If you are thinking about a career in teaching, you are probably already aware of the level of emphasis that is placed on the importance of experience. Practical teaching experience is one of the basic requirements of becoming a teacher and not only does it help you to decide whether or not you really want to teach, it also assists you with demonstrating a proven interest and commitment to teaching.
There are various different ways of acquiring teaching experience and an insight into teaching. These include school visits, taster courses, volunteering in a school and tutoring. However, a really great way to utilize the time you have this summer is to apply for opportunities in summer schools. As summer approaches, there are a wide range of opportunities being advertised enabling you to enhance and build upon different skills – from teaching curriculum based subjects like English and Maths to more creative or recreational activities like canoeing. Teaching or even mentoring in a summer school or camp will provide you with an opportunity to develop your skills in a less formal setting. The training that you receive will enhance your CV and provide you with a very beneficial experience to talk about in your teaching application and at interview stage.
Nevertheless, it is important to remember that even though all of this experience is valuable, in order to apply for initial teacher training, it is necessary that you have had traditional classroom experience involving the national curriculum and also with the age group that you would like to teach in the future. Therefore, another thing that we would recommend doing this summer is using your time to line up some actual classroom experience opportunities. It can be difficult to find classroom experience so the sooner you start looking for it, the better.
Here are two websites to get you started on your search for a role this summer:
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