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Work experience opportunities

Work Experience

At Saddleworth, we understand how important gaining experience in a school is if you want to become a teacher. Before you apply for your training, you will need to gain as much experience observing teaching as you can in order to strengthen your application. This is why we welcome any interested parties to apply through the SEP programme or to read the policy below and complete the application form. Please be aware that the school supports ITT students from a range of institutions and there may be times when we are unable to accept requests.

Completed forms should be returned to: c.briggs@saddleworthschool.org


Case Studies

Helen Worral

I couldn't have asked for a better experience coming to Saddleworth School. I simply emailed to enquire if I could come and observe some lessons, and within a day I had a timetable and a date to come in. I was given an excellent range of subjects and age groups, and both staff and pupils could not have been more welcoming. It was an excellent day and has really enhanced my reflections for my final PGCE portfolio review. Thank you all.

Olivia Jones

I wanted to do work experience at Saddleworth School because I need the adolescent experience before I go on to study Health And Social Care at Oldham Sixth Form College, before progressing onto Salford University to graduate as a Children's And Young Person's Nurse, working specifically on Oncology (cancer and palliative care). The experience itself has been quite weird, given that only a few weeks ago I was a student myself, having left year 11 at the end of June, so seeing Saddleworth from a teacher's perspective was definitely quite weird, but fun nonetheless. 

The experience has been amazing, being a part of a wide variety of subjects and working with the students. It's been lovely to take part in the lessons like teaching German and working with small groups on drama pieces. It's also been nice to observe the different teaching styles and make notes on how each teacher interacts with the different students. Automatically I noticed a difference in the way a teacher interacts with a year 7 student in comparison to a year 9 student, which has been quite helpful for me because as a Children's Nurse I will have to interact with a wide range of patients from the age of 0-18 years of age, so my approach will obviously have to be different with each patient. It's definitely made me believe that this is the career path for me, as I have been told that I have the right qualities to pursue my dream career, and I would definitely recommend going to do work experience, because not only does it help you with your future, it also gives you something to write about on college and university applications, as well as a place to get references from when applying to jobs.