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Aspiring Educators

Working in the Education & Teaching sector

There are several different routes into the teaching sector, and you will need to research these to find out which is the best route for you. However you choose to train to be a teacher, you will need to demonstrate a commitment to teaching, have a range of experiences working with young people, and classroom teaching observations to demonstrate that you are a reflective practitioner in your teaching applications.

My Career Zone Digital has a great range of resources for aspiring teachers: find them here.

There are a number of opportunities to gain teaching/education based experience via the University of Exeter and our partners listed below.

Explore Teaching and Gain Classroom Experience

Teaching is one of the most rewarding careers on which you can embark. Choosing a “Learning for Teaching” module will help you gain experience and insight into this challenging profession while studying for your undergraduate or Masters degree.

To help you discover if teaching is right for you, or if you're just interested in developing your skills in this area, we have developed an accredited teaching experience module which is open to all second and third year undergraduates and Masters students, regardless of subject or discipline. Learn more about the Teaching Module.

Open to all undergraduates and masters students and provides you will school experience and training in a credit bearing module. 

Exciting volunteering opportunity to gain school based experience.

St James Secondary School in Exeter is about to launch an unprecedented, large scale enrichment programme for its students.

The aim is to provide high quality enrichment opportunities (similar to those found in Private Schools) for all students, completely free of charge.

In order to make this work, the dedicated teaching staff are giving up their time and developing new skills to share with the students. But we need your help!  

  • Would you like to work directly with young people (age 12 – 15) on an activity that they are passionate about?
  • Would you like to work closely and build a rapport with a member of teaching staff?
  • Would you like to gain vital work experience at a non-selective, but hugely successful Secondary school?

If the answer is yes, then St James School (EX4 8NN) would make you feel very welcome.


To find out more and register your interest in volunteering please get in contact with Steve Brown, Assistant Head. 

Below is the list of enrichment activities that will take place between 1:30pm-3:00pm each Wednesday during term time.

If you have a preference or relevant skill set you can register to help with a particular activity. Opportunities will be allocated on a first come basis.



Skills & service

Book Riot

Couch to 5K

Babysitting & Childcare

Creative Writing

Fitness Classes

Bike Maintenance & Cycling

Cross Stitch Stitch-A-Long (SAL)

Flag Football

British Sign Language

Electronic Music Production



Embroidery & Patchwork

Gym & Strength Training


International Cinema Club


Debating Team

Knitting & Crochet

Haven Banks

Environment, Gardening & Wildlife

Literature Seminar


Equalities Elective

Model Building

Performing Arts Showcase: Dance/Drama

Guest Speakers 

Movies & Media

Self Defence

Italian Language & Culture

Performing Arts Showcase: Music/Singing


Magistrates Court Trial

Pete the Poet (Art, Culture & Diversity)


Mindful Puzzles

Print Making & Photographic Print Processes

Swimming (Water Confidence)

Robotics (Lego Education)


Track & Field

Sea Safety

 Young Curators


NCS Skills Booster: Career & College preparation


Ultimate Frisbee




The League of Master Strategists (Board Games)

Gain teaching experience as part of Aspiring Educators at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum

The role of  School Activities Volunteer at RAMM is to engage and teach visiting pre-booked KS2 school groups with activities linked to Ancient Egypt, Romans in Devon or The Second World War + The Exeter Blitz . You would join a team who lead/assist, setup and takedown a number of activities that are linked to the museum’s collection.

More information about the scope of the museum-led schools activities can be found on our website at Museum-Led visits - Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter (

When - The time commitment for this volunteer role is a minimum of 3 hours twice a month (once a week would be great) with timeout for holidays and other responsibilities. You will choose your shifts and the school activities you wish to undertake in advance of the school visit.

You should be available to volunteer for at least two terms in an academic year.

School visits to RAMM are generally Tuesday to Thursdays during the first three weeks of each month, during Devon school terms.  Each shift (with setup and take down times) is generally 3 hours for half a day (09:30 to 12:15) and 5 hours for a full day, with a 30 minute lunch break (09:30 to 14:00).

During your shift you will lead or assist in up to three activities, each 25 minutes in duration.  The average number of school children taking part in each activity at a time is between 8 and 12.

Training - It is important that you attend training for this role before you can start.  The required training will be in three parts:

  • At home, one hour general museum induction via elearning
  • A one hour walk around the museum to orientate yourself around the building, safety such as fire-escapes and understand the various procedures and policies that are in place
  • In person training of the school activities in situ at RAMM – shadowing/assisting sessions during school visits

Skills - You should possess a broad interest in one or more of the school subjects we cover, with a willingness to learn.  An ability to communicate clearly with school children and ability to work as part of a team.  You should have a smart appearance and currently it is recommended that you wear a face covering, which will be supplied.

Please apply here and ensure to state that you are enquiring as part of the University of Exeter Aspiring Educators Programme.

CoachBright are looking for University of Exeter students to work with school pupils from low-income backgrounds to help improve their grades, confidence and access to university. A great way to build your employability skills, learn about whether working in school is for you and support a young person.

As we navigate life in a post-covid world, it's more important than ever that our most disadvantaged pupils are getting the support they need. Join us to help make education fairer!

As a coach, you will work with 2-3 pupils in either Maths, English or Science (your preference!). Programmes are 15 hours long: including a launch session, 8 1hr 15minutes coaching sessions and a graduation trip.

By volunteering with CoachBright, you will…

  • Gain transferable skills in leadership, communication and relationship building.
  • Gain experience in education and working with young people
  • Get hours towards the Exeter Award
  • Choose to work with Primary school, GCSE or A level students.
  • Gain references and help with your future steps!

Deadline of Friday 14th October 2022

Apply online today at
Any questions? Please get in touch! Email

Are you a PhD researcher or doctoral graduate who wants to help a young person realise their academic potential? Then join us as a Brilliant Club Tutor!

The Brilliant Club's Researcher Development Programme offers PhD and Early Career Researchers a meaningful, professionally developmental, paid tutoring opportunity. Training with The Brilliant Club and working as a Scholars Programme tutor enables researchers to communicate their research to a non-specialist audience, gain valuable teaching and public engagement experience and deepen their knowledge of the UK education system.  

Tutors working with us will:

  • Support local pupils from underrepresented backgrounds to access university  
  • Get expert training and real experience to develop their teaching and other transferable skills  
  • Earn £500 per placement, plus an additional £100 for designing a new course, and travel expenses  
  • Disseminate their research to small groups of school pupils 
  • Join a nationwide community of like-minded researchers making a huge impact on university access  

Tutors will be supported to complete a series of training modules before beginning work with us, and further continuous professional development for each subsequent placement. 

You can view some additional information on this opportunity by visiting the Doctoral College web page. 

Get involved with the running of an after school club via your student union in Exeter or Penryn.