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.

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

Are you considering a career working in education or outreach work? In September 2018, the University of Exeter are offering a FREE 2-week intensive training programme in partnership with Ambios


The internship will teach you how to plan, develop and deliver education activities to school pupils and adult learnersThe programme will be of particular interest to those students thinking about working in sectors relating to conservation and wildlife as well as formal teaching careers.


The programme is a full-time residential training and work experience programme over a 12 day period including one weekend (10 - 21 September 2018). 

Accommodation, food and subsistence will be paid for by the University of Exeter during the 12 days of the programme at the Ambios Training Centre in south Devon. A £100 stipend will also be paid to each trainee by the University to contribute to travel expenses. 


Closing date 15th July 2018.

What are STEM Internships?

The West Exe School STEM Internship Programme is a four week paid internship aiming to inspire STEM graduates to pursue a career in Maths and Physics teaching, and to inform them of the key priorities for teachers of those subjects.


You must be studying for a science, technology, engineering or maths degree.

Do you have an interest in Primary school teaching, or a career working with young people?


Would you like to become a Primary Enrichment Outreach Ambassador?


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.

Typical activities and experiences include:

  • Meeting and greeting pupils and their parents.
  • Liaising with the Outreach Coordinator and class tutor.
  • Supporting teachers and groups of children in the classroom with teaching and learning activities.
  • Opportunities to plan and lead lunchtime games activities.
  • Assist with classroom organisation and the distribution of classroom resources
  • Opportunity to obtain the skills and knowledge you will need to pursue a career in the Education sector.
  • Opportunity to increase your employability skills and add valuable work experience to your CV.
  • Observe high quality teaching from experienced teachers
  • Valuable networking opportunities

What are the benefits?

How to apply:

Our summer programme runs from 12th June – 26th June 2018.  If you are interested in becoming a Primary Enrichment Outreach Ambassador please email:

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

 - Complete the SSIS Teaching Module

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


What are London Schools Internships?

The University of Exeter is partnering with CoachBright  to deliver a 3 day training course, followed by a 3 day internship.

The interactive programme comprises of 2 key elements:

  • Training - Intensive technical and employability training; Monday 4th June – Wednesday 6th June 2018
  • Internship - You will be attending secondary schools in London where you will undertake a 3 day paid internship with secondary schools in Southwark, Hackney and Lambeth

Remember: It all adds up! This Careers activity counts towards the Exeter Award.

Pathways to Primary Education is open to all disciplines and year groups and will;

Provide you with the opportunity to spend 3 days (18th - 20th June 2018) in a primary school setting, allowing you chance to experience an educational environment through the eyes of the students and teachers.

  • Gain an insight into teaching in the Primary sector
  • Increase knowledge of the UN Sustainability Goals
  • Learn about Lesson Planning
  • Deliver lessons to Primary School students
  • Learn in an interactive and experiential environment
  • Work with students from different year groups, subjects and levels of degree
  • Be inspired by experienced professionals
  • Gain confidence in your abilities
  • Develop your career plan
  • Receive a certificate and reference

Applications for Pathways to Primary Education are now closed. 

The Teacher Taster programme is now closed. 

The scheme provided students with the opportunity to spend 3 days (at the end of term 1 2017) in a secondary school setting, allowing them chance to experience an educational environment through the eyes of the students and teachers.

  • Included a short ‘lesson in a box’ element, providing opportunity to gain some hands on delivery experience within a supported setting (in pairs/small groups), in a subject relating to the student's degree programme.
  •  Provided a preparatory training session and covered travel & DBS costs.
  •  Enabled students to achieve the Exeter Award by completion of the scheme under the teaching theme.