School Experience Programme

Gaining classroom experience and interacting with teaching staff will enable you to gauge if a teaching career is right for you, enhance your understanding of the daily routine of school life, whilst also providing you with the insight into which teacher training route is right for you. 

The Kent Oaks Consortium offers applicants who are interested in gaining secondary school experience through the School Experience Programme (SEP) at Knole Academy.  Participants interested in teaching in a primary school may also apply for SEP days at one of our partner schools.  These are arranged on an individual basis by contacting the Kent Oaks Consortium directly. 

You will need to meet the programme requirements below to be able to apply for the School Experience Programme (SEP) at Knole Academy:


A Data and Barring Service (DBS) check may be required. The cost of this is £58. This will be organised by us and could impact on the length of your placement.

How to Apply

You will need to register with Department for Education if you have not already done so, before you can apply for the SEP.

Once you have registered, you can apply for the SEP either online or by calling the Teaching Line on 0800 389 2500.

The Teaching Line will contact you once you have registered and it has been confirmed that you meet the requirements. You can contact the Teaching Line by emailing or on freephone 0800 389 2500 if you have any questions about your application. Please note that school experience placements are subject to meeting the eligibility requirements and availability.