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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.

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 via the University of Exeter and our partners listed below.

Primary Enrichment Volunteer

Are you interested in a career in teaching?

Would you like to gain experience working with primary age children?

Would you like to observe high-quality teaching?

We are now recruiting volunteers for the summer Primary Enrichment Programme.

The summer programme runs from 6th June - 27th June 2022. You can register your interest by sending an email to 

Our Primary Enrichment Programme is a long-established outreach programme, which operates from the St Luke’s campus. We offer day-long and after-school workshops to children in Key Stage 2 (age 7-11) from across Devon.

The programme is supported by dedicated student volunteers who are interested in finding out more about the world of teaching. If you would like to gain invaluable experience working directly with young people; observe high quality teaching, and contribute your subject knowledge, then we would love to hear from you!

The Primary Enrichment Programme offers a range of workshops from humanities to maths, biology to art; coding and robotics to creative writing, so there is something for everyone!  This volunteering opportunity is open to students from all disciplines and year groups, and you can volunteer from as little as one day to a whole week or more depending on your availability.

The children who attend our workshops demonstrate a particular enthusiasm or skill for a National Curriculum subject, and our courses give them the opportunity to deepen their knowledge, acquire new skills, feel inspired by practical and creative activities, and connect with other children. Be part of something special and get in touch.

Typical activities and experiences include:

  • Meeting and greeting children and their parents
  • Liaising with the Outreach Coordinator and class teacher
  • Supporting teachers with classroom organisation and resources  
  • Supporting children one-on-one or in small groups with activities
  • Helping to supervise groups of children during break times
  • Opportunities to plan and lead lunchtime games activities (optional)
  • Gain first-hand insight into the world of Primary education
  • Observe high quality teaching
  • Valuable networking opportunities and the chance to speak with experienced teachers
  • Increase your employability skills and add valuable work experience to your CV
  • Contribute to the Exeter Award by volunteering with us

What are the benefits?

  • Gain first-hand insight into the world of Primary education
  • Observe high quality teaching to help you become a reflective practitioner
  • Valuable networking opportunities and the chance to speak with experienced teachers
  • Increase your employability skills and add valuable work experience to your CV
  • Count the volunteering hours towards your Exeter Award

How to apply:

We are now open to volunteers for the summer Primary Enrichment Programme. You can register your interest by sending an email to 

For more information please check out the Primary Enrichment webpage.

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 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




 Get Into Teaching Internship

A teaching internship gives you the opportunity to spend 3 weeks in a school and find out what teaching is really like. You’ll experience being in a classroom, gain new skills, and be paid £300 per week. 

Teaching internships take place during June and July this year. Places fill up quickly. 

Teaching internships are only available for certain subjects. You can do an internship in: 

  • computing
  • maths
  • physics
  • languages (north-east schools only) 

To take part, you’ll need to be studying for a degree related to the subject you want to teach. You can contact your chosen school if you’re unsure whether you meet this criteria. 

If you’re interested in teaching a different subject, you can still get school experience and find out what it’s like to be in a classroom. 

How to apply 

You apply directly to one of the schools listed in the section below. To have the best chance of succeeding in your application, you can get an adviser. They offer one-to-one support, and are all experienced teachers. 

Look for a teaching internship in your region: 


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.

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. 

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