Explore Teaching trains around 100 undergraduate and postgraduate students each year to complete a 15-day placement in a school or college, using their subject knowledge to support small groups of pupils.

The students generally support the classroom teacher in their subject as well as promoting the university experience, helping to raise aspirations.

Why should my school participate?

Extra subject insight provided by undergraduate students can raise pupil motivation and attainment. The scheme strengthens the link between school and university, and can improve progression guidance from Key Stage 3 onwards.

School and college students receive additional information and advice, and staff have an experience of mentoring.

Explore Teaching participants bring their enthusiasm for learning and passion for their subject to their role, similar to that of a teaching assistant.

Many undergraduates are considering a teaching career and may become teachers at your school.

Explore Teaching participants are committed to working on a voluntary basis.

What is expected of the school?

The school should have a member of staff responsible for:

  • organising the 15 classroom days
  • induction to the school and provision of key school policies
  • monitoring volunteers’ attendance and staying in touch with them to support and monitor progress
  • ensuring that teaching staff understand the benefits of the scheme and the role of the University of Westminster volunteers
  • liaising with the Explore Teaching Coordinator to ensure that both school and student have a positive experience

How does my school participate?

You should agree the following with the Explore Teaching Coordinator:

  • Which subject faculties or year groups request Explore Teaching participants
  • How many University students are required to work in the school each term/year
  • When the placements should be timed during the school year
  • Compliance with the Service Agreement with Schools

If you would like to find out about Explore Teaching, contact Sam Buttler at [email protected].