Aspirational Educators

Teaching experience can count towards the Exeter Award.

Elements of Aspirational Educators align with the UN's Sustainable Development Goal, Quality Education.

Aspirational 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 and have a range of class-room based experiences to reflect on in your applications.

MyCareerZone Digital has a great range of resources for teachers: find them here

There are a number of opportunities to gain teaching/education based experience available to you on campus, listed below.

The Secondary Teacher Taster programme is now clsoed for applications. 

This scheme provides students with the opportunity to spend 3 days (17-21 December 2018) in a secondary school setting, allowing you the chance to experience an educational environment through the eyes of the students and teachers.

  • Spend three days in a school, observing lessons and participating in classes. 
  • Provided a preparatory training session and covered travel & DBS costs.
  • Enables students to achieve the Exeter Award by completion of the scheme under the teaching theme.

Complete the SSIS Teaching Module

This is a module which is open to all undergraduates and masters students and provides you will school experience and training in a credit bearing module.  



Help is available if you need to refresh your Maths before applying for teacher training.

Refresh Your Maths is an employability skills training session, led by Maths students, to help you brush up your Maths and prepare you for numerical reasoning tests. The SSIS Employability Team has collaborated with the College of Engineering, Maths, and Physical Sciences, and has employed Maths students to lead these fantastic workshops. Please do not worry about your level of ability, the workshops are a friendly environment for all and are designed to help you brush up on your GCSE-level Maths.
See our webpages for more information - Exeter  or Penryn

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

These are hour long workshops where students can come and practice their oral communication skills which take place on Monday afternoons from 2.30-3.30 starting 8th October. We are inviting native English speakers to volunteer and help students with oral communication in their non-native language. If you would like to volunteer for this, please contact Emma Sweeney (

local primary School, a ten minute walk from the city centre, has asked for volunteers to help listen to the children read.  This is not a University-mediated scheme.  Please contact if you would like to be put into contact with the school.  

This scheme is a perfect way to dip your toe into the world of teaching and gain experience (from 1-10 days) in a Key Stage 2 classroom.  Our Enrichment courses are practical and hands-on, ranging from English and Science to Art and Computing and everything else in between! The programme is open to all disciplines and year groups. We run placements three times a year (November, March and June) and all courses are based on the St Luke’s campus. Find out more about our offering.

Our Autumn programme runs from 9 November – 20 November 2018.  If you are interested in becoming a Primary Enrichment Outreach Ambassador please email:

Mentoring school aged students through the Coach Bright scheme can not only help you develop your educational skills but provide crucial support to others.