STEM Online Experience

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Try out teaching on our online experience for science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) students.

  • Boost your chances of a place on our Training Programme
  • Develop skills that schools are crying out for
  • Observe exceptional teaching in a classroom
  • Receive tailored, one-to-one feedback
  • Learn how you can tackle educational inequality
Five days
We hold four experiences: one in June, two in July and one in September

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


Boost your chances of a place on our Training Programme

Joining the STEM Online Experience gives you a chance to grab an early spot on our Training Programme - a Times Top 100 graduate scheme. At the end of the week you'll attend an assessment, putting the skills you’ve learned into practice. To date, 82% of participants have accepted an offer.

Develop the skills that headteachers 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, classroom management and communication, which will put you in good stead for taking on Teach First’s Training Programme.

Spend time in a classroom observing brilliant teaching 

Spend a day in school observing teachers doing what they do best. This is a good opportunity to take notes on what you like best about different teaching styles and ask any questions you have about being in the classroom.

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.

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:

  • 50% of mixed-gender state schools do not have a single girl studying physics at A-level.
  • 24% of science teachers in the poorest areas do not have a relevant qualification, compared to 17% in the richest.
  • 21% of young people do not pass GCSE Maths at grade 4 or above
  • 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 becoming a teacher and inspiring the next generation of scientists, engineers and mathematicians, you could 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, you’ll need to complete six hours of online learning.

But don’t worry, this isn’t just six hours of reading screens of text. You’ll learn key skills to help you thrive in the classroom through videos from inside the classroom, podcasts about teaching and interactive quizzes to help solidify your knowledge.

Your school visit

You’ll head to one of our partner schools for a taste of life as a STEM teacher:

  • Observe outstanding teachers.
  • Meet Teach First ambassadors and the Senior Leadership Team.
  • Talk to young people from low income backgrounds about going to university.
  • Pick up teaching skills from brilliant teachers.

Online workshops

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

  • build your teaching skills and knowledge
  • find out what it takes to be a better leader in the classroom
  • learn more about the crisis facing STEM subjects
  • discover how you can be part of the solution

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 will 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. This is also a chance for you to find out your next steps after the Training Programme.

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.

What students say about STEM Online

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What you need to apply

To join the STEM Online Experience you must have a grade C or above in GCSE English and Maths.

You must also:

  • 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 predicted 2:1 or higher for your degree
  • be graduating in 2022, unless you are studying for a PhD, in which you must have completed your studies by the end of 2021

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 taking part in our Training Programme.

When we assess your application we’ll be looking for these key teaching 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 and Training Programme, 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. Your final day assessment 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

Your application starts with our online application form. It takes around two hours and 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.

If you're feeling ready, sign up below:

Apply now

Online assessment

If your application is successful, you’ll be invited to an online assessment that should take no more than five hours. This will give you even more opportunities to show us you’ve got what it takes to be a great teacher. You’ll be asked to demonstrate competencies in each of the below activities: 

Group task (35 mins)

You’ll be in a group with five or six people and be asked to present a short pre-prepared presentation. But don’t worry – you’ll be given subject topics to choose from beforehand, so you’ll have time to prepare this. You’ll then think about your performance in a self-evaluation activity.

Interview (30 mins)

You’ll then share your experiences relating to our competencies in the interview with one of our assessors. Afterwards you’ll have the opportunity to reflect on your strengths and areas that you would like to develop in.

Observe and respond (15 mins)

Lastly, you’ll get to observe a lesson previously given by a Teach First teacher. At the end you’ll discuss what you think could make the lesson 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. 

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