Insight into Teaching

If you are thinking about a career in teaching then spending time understanding the realities of life in the classroom in is extremely important, not only to help you to decide whether teaching is for you, but also to enhance your teacher training application – whether you are considering a PGCE, School Direct, Teach First or another route into teaching.

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Usually we work with schools across Oxfordshire and beyond to arrange for Insight into Teaching participants to have three days in school. We hope to return to this in Trinity Term 2021, but under current pandemic conditions it is not possible to offer in-school experiences.

Instead, in Hilary Term 2021 Insight into Teaching offers you the chance to hear from a range of current teachers talking candidly about their daily life in the classroom with ample opportunity for you to ask questions and gain insights into the realities of joining the teaching profession.

Insight into Teaching: Teacher Panel and Q&A

Wednesday, 3 February 2021 at 16:00 Booking required via Career Connect.
Our panel of teachers will be online to share candid insights – the highs and the lows – into life as a teacher in the UK. This is your chance to check whether your impression of teaching is realistic and to ask questions that inform your decision about a career in teaching, the type of school or training route that would suit you and much more.

Our teacher panel is drawn from a diverse range of subjects, school types (state and independent, secondary and primary) and training routes. 

Support to access relevant experience

Events hosted by teacher training providers and schools.

Open evenings and networking events are valuable ways to find out more about teaching, connect with current teachers and to inform your choice of teacher training setting.

Key national events include:

Events from Oxfordshire teacher training providers and schools:

School Experience Programme and building other relevant experience

The government Department for Education continues to coordinate the School Experience Programme, though the number of participating schools is limited and you may need to be willing to travel to access the programme.

For other sources of relevant experience please refer to the Skills and Experience section of Teaching in Schools.

Individual support

Careers Advisers Julia Hilton and Abby Evans are available for individual support as you explore teaching as a possible career. Read our information on Teaching in Schools and if you need further help please book a careers appointment.

Please book your place through Career Connect to attend the Insight into Teaching teacher panel and Q&A which takes place in 3rd week of Hilary Term 2021.

Need to get in touch?

Please contact in the first instance and they will direct your query to someone who can help.

For Hilary 2021, Insight into Teaching is open to all undergraduate and graduate students, alumni, and researchers across all Divisions of the University.

Note that in future terms when we are able to offer in-school placements the programme will be open to any current, matriculated University of Oxford student (undergraduate or postgraduate).

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