STEM Online Experience

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Try out teaching on our online experience for science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) students in their penultimate year of university.

  • Develop skills all employers are looking for
  • Observe exceptional leadership and teaching in practice
  • Boost your chances of a place on our Training Programme
  • Receive tailored, one-to-one feedback
  • Learn how you can tackle educational inequality
Five days (inc. optional assessment for our Training Programme)
We hold 4 experiences across June, July and September
Applications are now closed

Skill up and inspire young people to take on STEM subjects.


Develop skills all employers are looking for 

You won’t be photocopying or making cups of tea. You’ll get real experience of life in the classroom, and a chance to teach your own lesson. That means you’ll gain skills such as presenting, communication and sharing feedback, which are highly sought after by graduate employers.

Spend time in a classroom observing brilliant leaders

Spend a day in school observing teachers doing what they do best. This is a good opportunity to see effective leadership in action, and consider how to develop your own leadership style. You can also ask any questions you may have about their career journeys so far.

Try out teaching to see if it’s for you 

Get support from teaching experts at Teach First to create your very own lesson then teach this to a small group of your peers and get personalised feedback. It’s a chance for you to put into practice all the skills you’ve learnt and observed during the experience.

Learn about the STEM challenge and how you can help 

Learn more about educational inequality and how the critical shortage of STEM teachers has an unfair disadvantage on children from low-income backgrounds. Find out how you can help by using your skills where they’re needed most.

Boost your chances of a place on our Training Programme

At the end of the week, you’ll have the opportunity to put everything you’ve learned into practice and be invited to attend an assessment. You could finish the week with an offer for our two-year Times Top 100 Graduate Employer Training Programme.

Why apply for our STEM Online Experience?

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of participants have joined the Training Programme

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Why do we need more STEM teachers?

STEM subject teaching has a critical shortage of teachers. This unfairly impacts children from low-income backgrounds, hindering their potential and jeopardising the whole country’s future.

Some eye-opening stats:

  • 21% of young people do not pass GCSE Maths at grade 4 or above
  • 50% of mixed-gender state schools do not have a single girl studying physics at A-level.
  • In 2017, 54% of secondary schools in England didn’t offer GCSE computer science, largely due to a lack of skilled teachers.
  • 40,000 more STEM graduates are needed every year in the UK to meet demand.

When young people don’t take on STEM subjects, the shortage of STEM expertise becomes a self-perpetuating cycle. By considering a career in teaching, you could inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers and mathematicians, and be part of the solution.

Our STEM Online Experience is a great place to start. Here's why:

  • It won Best Short-term Insight Scheme at the National Undergraduate Employability awards.
  • 82% of people who complete the programme have accepted an offer to join our Training Programme.
  • 100% of people who take part would recommend the programme to a friend. 
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would recommend to a friend

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Before the experience

Before beginning your time on our STEM Online Experience, we’ll send you a bank of online learning resources. These will take around six hours to complete but you can do it at your own pace.  

Don’t worry, it isn’t just reading screens of text. This online learning will help you to thrive during the experience, with videos from inside the classroom, podcasts about teaching and leadership and interactive quizzes to help consolidate your understanding.

Your school visit

Whilst the experience predominantly runs online, in order to give you a taste of life as a STEM teacher, we’re planning to offer one day spent in one of our partner schools. This will give you the opportunity to: 

  • Observe outstanding teaching and leadership in action. 
  • Meet Teach First ambassadors and the school’s Senior Leadership Team. 
  • Share your experiences of going to university with pupils from low-income backgrounds. 
  • Pick up transferable skills to enhance your progress across the rest of the experience. 

Please note the school visit is subject to change due to restrictions around COVID-19. We’re already considering a suitable online alternative should restrictions still be in place at the time of the planned school visit days. If you have any concerns about your specific circumstances in relation to this element of the experience, please speak to your Recruiter after opening an application. 

Online workshops

Now you’ll spend three days with our expert facilitators taking part in training and workshops that will:

  • build your leadership skills and knowledge
  • find out what it takes to be a great teacher in our partner schools
  • learn more about the crisis facing STEM subjects
  • discover how you can be part of the solution

Sessions will be delivered by our teaching experts, inspirational leaders who’ve completed our Training Programme and representatives from our partner organisations. All of these sessions will take place online and you can join them from anywhere in the world (so long as you can work to a GMT time zone).

The final day

On the final day of the STEM Online Experience, you’ll have the opportunity to take part in the selection process for our Training Programme. Because we’ve already spent lots of time with you, it’s shorter than our usual selection day.

All the skills you’ve learnt on the experience will put you in a great position to progress onto our award-winning scheme and the graduate job that goes with it.

To support you with deciding whether this is for you, you’ll hear from our ambassadors – those who’ve completed the Training Programme – across the week. They’ll share their career trajectories during, and after, the two-year graduate programme, with lots of opportunities to have your questions answered.

What students say about STEM Online

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What you need to apply

To join the STEM Online Experience you must:

  • be graduating in 2022, unless you are studying for a PhD, in which you must have completed your studies by the end of 2021
  • have a predicted 2:1 or higher for your degree
  • be studying for a STEM degree OR have A-levels at grade A*-B in the following subjects: two sciences (biology, chemistry or physics) and/or maths and/or technology (design technology or information communications technology)
  • have a grade C or above in GCSE English and Maths
  • be a UK citizen, or have the right to work in the UK after graduation

What if you have non-UK qualifications?

You can still apply. Add your overseas qualifications to the online application form. If we make you an offer we’ll need proof they’re equivalent to the UK ones we require – we’ll help you do this at the time, but you’ll need to cover the costs for doing so. You’ll also need to confirm:

  • that you are a UK citizen or have the right to work in the UK
  • if you have been abroad for six months you will need an international DBS certificate (see “The logistics”)

Who we’re looking for

Our aim is to find people with the potential to be great teachers. That doesn’t mean we need you to be the finished product, but you do need to have the basic qualities needed to get there, and ideally a passion for teaching and an interest in finding out more about our Training Programme.

When we assess your application we’ll be looking for these key competencies:

  • humility, respect and empathy
  • interacting with others
  • understanding and motivation
  • leadership
  • planning and organising
  • problem solving
  • resilience
  • self reflection

You may not have all of them just yet. But if we think you’ve got what it takes to develop them on our STEM Online Experience, we’ll give you the chance to.

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Course dates

We have several STEM Online Experience dates throughout the year.

The first Friday of each experience is a day of observation in school. You then have the weekend off before joining the online training Monday-Wednesday. If you accept the invitation to the final day assessment for our Training Programme, this will take place on either the Thursday or Friday after your online training.

Please find the dates for 2021 below:

Friday 11 June – Friday 18 June 2021
Friday 2 July – Friday 9 July 2021
Friday 16 July – Friday 23 July 2021
Friday 10 September – Friday 17 September 2021

Application form

Please note that applications for our STEM Online Experience are currently closed.

Your application starts with our online application form. It asks you to demonstrate some of the key competencies we look for in prospective teachers.

We want you to submit the strongest application possible. That’s why we have a team on hand to answer all your questions and talk you through your application before you hit submit. You can get in touch with them via email. You can also chat to your university recruiter.

Online assessment

If your application is successful, you’ll be invited to an online assessment. You’ll be asked to demonstrate our competencies in each of the below activities: 

Group task (1 hour)

You’ll be in a group with two or three people and be asked to present a short pre-prepared presentation. But don’t worry – you’ll be given information about your presentation before the day to help you prepare. You’ll then think about your performance in a self-evaluation activity.

Interview (40 mins)

You’ll then share your experiences relating to our competencies in the interview with one of our assessors.

Observe and reflect (40 mins)

You’ll get to observe a lesson previously given by a Teach First teacher. At the end you’ll get to discuss with a fellow candidate what you believe to be the strengths of the lesson and what you think could make it even more engaging.

Throughout these activities you’ll focus on your development, giving and receiving feedback, and self-reflection. All while getting to interact with like-minded candidates. 

Have more questions?

For further help with your application, click below:

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