Paid Internships for Teachers with the West Country Teaching School Alliance and the Ted Wragg Trust

In the summer of 2020 we will be offering STEM undergraduates paid experience of working in schools.  This is the third time we have run this programme and this year we are joining with the Ted Wragg Trust to offer more places and overall.

Our internships are open to students currently studying at university who are considering a career teaching Mathematics or Physics.

An overview of previous internships is available below.  We will update this page in the coming weeks, once we have details confirmed for the 2020 cohort.  In the meantime, if you would like to register your interest, please email, putting INTERNSHIP 2020 in the title of your email.

Paid Internships for Teachers Role Description

Paid Internships for Teachers Person Specification

15th June to 10th July 2020

This summer we are offering internships for STEM undergraduates in their penultimate year of study.  Interns will have the opportunity to work in a variety of schools and will receive support to get into teaching.  We have the following placements available in the following subjects:

Physics – 18 paid posts (up to £300 a week for 4 weeks)

Mathematics – 6 paid posts (up to £300 a week for 4 weeks)

Computer Science – 1 unpaid internship (for 4 weeks)

Further information about the internships is available below.

Aims of Internship

The aims of this programme is to provide interns with the opportunity to:

  • Gain an insight into teaching as a profession
  • Develop an understanding of effective classroom practice
  • Share their passion for their subject with students
  • Have a positive impact on students learning

Structure of the Internship 2019 – this information will be updated in the first week of February 2020

Interns will spend the first day of their internship at Exeter Mathematics School (EMS), completing inductions activities and training, including safeguarding.  Each intern will be assigned member of the EMS teaching team as a mentor who will meet with them at induction and visit them on placements.

The following three weeks will be spent in two placement schools.  During each placement, interns will have the opportunity to observe teaching, support students one-to-one, teach episodes of lessons and become involved in the broader life of the school.  A Subject Champion from the placement school will support the interns,  ensuring they gain the maximum benefit from the experience.

In the final week of the internship, participants will return to EMS to take part in further training, including learning about the routes into teaching and attending our PhysMaths teacher conference.

Placement Schools will provide:

  • A Subject Champion who will take responsibility for supervising the intern whilst on placement
  • A structured induction to the school
  • A timetable which has between 15 -18 hours of classroom based experience
  • A range of experiences whilst on placement

EMS / West Country Teaching School Alliance (WCTSA) will provide:

  • Overview training
  • A mentor
  • Quality assurance process
  • Enrichment activities


Interns must commit to full attendance to be able to take part in the internship.

For Physics and Mathematics interns, a payment of £1200 will be made at the conclusion of the internship if there has been full attendance.  A pro-rata reduction will be made for days missed.

We have an additional internship for Computer Science but have not received funding for this post and are therefore unable to make any payments.  We hope the opportunity will be beneficial in supporting a potential Computer Science teacher and are committed to supporting the successful intern to get into teaching.

In 2018 and 2019, we provided STEM internships for students considering teaching.

100% of interns agreed that they would recommend this internship to others who are considering teaching as a career.

74% of interns were more likely to go into teaching as a result of their experience


A few internship highlights

Visiting and working in multiple schools

Teaching the majority of a lesson

Experiencing different teachers and their approaches

Jumping into a whole new environment

The mentor from EMS

Supportive teachers

Routes into teaching was very informative

Working with students 1-2-1

Great insight into the teaching profession


Key learning for interns

Building confidence in public speaking

How difficult and rewarding the job can be

How to get into teaching

Learning the thought processes of teaching children

What it’s like to be a student in 2018

The different cultures of schools

Teachers do more than I realised

The importance of being adaptable

Communicating effectively with young people

Differentiating teaching for different groups of students


Quotes from our interns

“Great experience! Thank you so much.”

“The internship as a whole has really built my confidence.  Great team spirit with other interns. Thank you!”

“Thanks so much for this opportunity. Funding also great as I could take time off work.”

“Each part of this internship has been very valuable in thinking through teaching. Thank you!”

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