School Based Experience

Thank you for considering Smithills for your school based experience. Please read the following information on what your visit might entail and the dates we have available. 


3 day school based experience: typical programme


Day 1

Period 1: Meeting with professional mentor

Period 2: Safeguarding training

Period 3: Lesson observation

Period 4: Lesson observation

Period 5: Lesson observation 


Day 2

Period 1: observation of SEN dept.

Period 2: observation of INA/EAL dept.

Period 3: Pastoral experience 

Period 4: Lesson observation

Period 5: Lesson observation 


Day 3

The final day of your experience will involve either a pupil trail or involvement in a LOTC/STEM day


If the three day experience is not appropriate for your needs, the following can be arranged with Mrs Balamiya. Please indicate if this is the case and explain your reasons for this clearly. 

Alternative provision

  • 1 day taster 

  • 1 week taster

  • 2 day taster

If you wish to request a placement for a longer term, for example as part of an education degree or diploma, please complete the request form with as much detail as possible and we will let you know if we are able to help. 


Please note: all placements are subject to enhanced criminal record disclosure under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. 

If you are coming from an agency or school please bring along your most recent DBS.

If you are coming in independently please go on to the following website and obtain a DBS certificate and bring this in on the day you arrive:

Click Here to download the School Based Experience Booking Form.


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