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

MyCareerZone 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 available to you on campus, listed below.

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 3.30 and 4.30pm 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

School Band  


Ultimate Frisbee


Charity Fundraising


Book Group


Couch to 5K


Environment Action




Karate & Kickboxing


Support another Elective


Art (drawing/painting)




Psychology Research


Print Making


Witness the Fitness


Learn Italian


Model Building




Sea Safety (Sailing)  


Movies & Media


Gym and Strength


Debating Team






Magistrates Court Trial


A show in a cycle

(Drama & Dance)


Cycling & Bike maintenance


Higher Project Qualification




Outdoor Education


Esports/ Programming


Glee Club!




International Cinema


Marvel Comics


Roller Skating


Philosophy Group


Creative writing




Mindful Puzzles


Electronic Music





Learn German



Spin Class








The League of Master Strategists




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.

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. 

Volunteer coaches are matched to work with 2 pupils in one subject over 12 weeks. They work in school or online each week, planning and delivering sessions tailored to their pupils’ learning needs.

CoachBright run tutoring programmes in local schools, across Primary and Secondary, for pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds. As a social mobility charity CoachBright is committed to making education fairer so every young person, regardless of background, can lead the life they want.

In the South West, CoachBright works with schools in Exeter, Plymouth, Devon and Cornwall. There are oppourtunities available to all University of Exeter students, from both the Exeter and Penryn campuses.

As a coach you wil receive full training, ongoing support and guidance from CoachBright as well as from school staff during the programme. Following the programme, there are further opportunities including shadowing staff in partner schools. Plus the volunteer hours count towrds the work experience section of the Exeter Award!

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

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. 

Mentors for Mathematics Education Social Mobililty and Excellence Maths Circles

2.5 hours a week for 20 weeks a year, plus 2 days of training/delivery

£8.91 per hour

MESME is Mathematics Education for Social Mobility and Excellence and exists to support students from all backgrounds to achieve mathematical excellence, so that they go on to have a greater and richer range of future personal, employment and economic choices. 

MESME is piloting Maths Circles across the country and is working in partnership with EMS in the South West region.  We are seeking to appoint mentors to work with KS3 students, in groups of 6, to complete the MESME curriculum in a series of weekly Maths Circles. 

If you enjoy maths problem solving and are keen to develop this in others, this could be the perfect opportunity for you.  You will be supported by a team of EMS teachers who will provide training, resources, feedback and encouragement whilst you develop your mentoring skills. 

Each week, mentors will work with their Maths Circle for one hour online. The mentor’s role is to encourage participants to think and express themselves mathematically – not giving solutions to problems but gentle probing to elicit ideas from the students. 

Mentors will need to commit to weekly sessions for 20 weeks from January. Each week you will attend a one-hour mentoring session followed by one hour of reflection and training – these will take place on Thursday evenings between 5pm and 7pm . They will be expected to spend an additional 30 minutes each week preparing for the following Maths Circle. In addition, mentors will take part in one day of training prior to starting and will attend a further day of activities with students.  

This is an opportunity to make a positive difference to students in the South West: at least 30% of participants will be from disadvantaged backgrounds 

If you’d like to discuss this role or find out more before applying, please contact by emailing

Please note that the deadline for 2021 applications has now passed but similar alternative opportunities will be posted when available.

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 Summer programme will run for two weeks.  If you are interested in becoming a Primary Enrichment Outreach Ambassador please email: You can commit to as little or as much as you wish.

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