4 week Try out Teaching Paid Internship – Maths/Science

*2020 Internship – 22nd June – 17th July : the application window is now open*

Are you at university and thinking about what direction your future career could take you?  How does £1200 for a four week work experience based at one of several outstanding schools in Tamworth and North Warwickshire sound to you?

Our Try Out Teaching Internship Programme is aimed at people with the potential to teach maths and science.  It doesn’t matter if your degree is not in these subjects, but if you have an A Level in either, or if your degree has a significant element of statistics, science or number work, you could be eligible.

You will receive a Bursary of £300 per week during your internship, and the opportunity to work alongside teaching staff and pupils in an outstanding school.  Your internship will put you in the driving seat to make an informed decision as to whether or not teaching may or may not be the career for you.  There is no commitment to train to teach following the internship, this is merely an opportunity to try it out for yourself.

  • You will be provided with a subject buddy and a professional mentor during your time with us. Together you will build a relationship that will help and support you
  • You will have the opportunity to start building up time in a school environment and begin collecting the evidence you will need as you start your teaching career.
  • You will be offered an induction into the school life and be invited to work with your own tutor group, alongside the existing Tutor.

Should you decide that teaching is for you, we will support you along every step of the application process.  You will be in an excellent position to be considered for School Direct vacancies in maths and science within our partnership of schools.

If you are interested, please complete the application form  Or, if you would like to pop into school for a visit or a chat, do please contact  Michelle Borders, Teaching School Coordinator, catts@thepolesworthschool.com who will be delighted to hear from you.

Here are some quotes from people who took part last year:

“Highlights were teaching and planning my own lessons, meeting the staff and supporting them in the classroom”

“It exceeded my initial expectations, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and was immediately welcomed into the department.”

“Seeing behind the scenes of teaching.  I actually taught my own lesson at the end.  Lovely to feel like a member of the department.”

Job Description


*Please Note : the application window is now open*

Step 1: Complete your Internship application form

Step 2: Attend an interview

Step 3: Receive an offer, accept and take first steps into your career

Download the Internship application form, complete, and return it to m.borders@thepolesworthschool.com

Privacy Notice

Privacy Notice: Paid Internships programme

The Paid Internships programme is one of a number of initiatives being funded by the Department for Education (DfE) to help improve the recruitment and retention of teachers and they (DfE) are undertaking an evaluation of those programmes.

How we will use your information

The programme you are applying for is part-funded by the DfE. The DfE intends to evaluate the programme and the potential benefits to those who participate in it, as well as the wider education sector. In order to evaluate the programme, we will collect some personal data from you, which we will transfer to the DfE. This is in order that we (and/or the DfE) can:

  • Understand who is participating in the programme;
  • Link the information we collect with other information about you which the DfE already holds or to which it is lawfully permitted access. This is to identify (for example) how many people go on to be employed as teachers after the programme, without having to contact you repeatedly;
  • Follow up with you directly to take part in further research related to your training. Please be aware that, if contacted, you are under no obligation to take part in further research.

The DfE will only use your data for the purposes of research and evaluation. DfE’s use of the information will have no influence on the outcome of your application and/or your participation in the programme. The findings will not identify you or any other applicants.

The nature of your personal data we will be using

The categories of your personal data that we will be using for this project are:

Personal information such as:

  • contact details (including name, home postcode, email address and telephone number)
  • date of birth
  • A-level subjects and grades
  • undergraduate degree details (including institution of study)

Special category data such as:

  • demographic information (such as gender, nationality and ethnicity)

Why our use of your personal data is lawful

In order for our use of your personal data to be lawful, we need to meet conditions in the data protection legislation. For the purpose of this project, the relevant condition(s) that we are meeting are:

  • Part 2, Chapter 2, Section 8 (d) of the Data Protection Act 2018: that the processing is necessary for the exercise of a function of the Secretary of State of the Department.

Who we will make your personal data available to

We sometimes need to make personal data available to other organisations. These might include contracted partners (who we have employed to process your personal data on our behalf) and/or other organisations (with whom we need to share your personal data for specific purposes).

Where we need to share your personal data with others, we ensure that this sharing complies with data protection legislation. For the purpose of this project, we need to share your personal data with:

  • A research contractor who the DfE have commissioned to undertake part of the evaluation activity on behalf of the Department. They will use the data as a sampling frame to contact individuals to take part in interviews or surveys, to evaluate the programme. They may also link the answers from these surveys/interviews to other information within the data, such as subject taught (where applicable).

How long we will keep your personal data

We will only keep your personal data for as long as we need it for the purpose(s) of this piece of work, after which point it will be securely destroyed. Please note that, under Article 89 (1) of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), and in compliance with the relevant conditions, we can lawfully keep personal data processed purely for research purposes indefinitely.

Your data protection rights

You have the right:

  • to ask us for access to information about you that we hold
  • to have your personal data rectified, if it is inaccurate or incomplete
  • to request the deletion or removal of personal data where there is no compelling reason for its continued processing
  • to restrict our processing of your personal data (i.e. permitting its storage but no further processing)
  • to object to direct marketing (including profiling) and processing for the purposes of scientific/historical research and statistics
  • not to be subject to decisions based purely on automated processing where it produces a legal or similarly significant effect on you

If you need to contact the DfE regarding any of the above, please do so via the DfE site at: https://www.gov.uk/contact-dfe.

Further information about your data protection rights appears on the Information Commissioner’s website at:


The right to lodge a complaint

If you are unhappy with our use of your personal data, please let us know by contacting STEM.evaluation@education.gov.uk or

https://www.gov.uk/contact-dfe and state the name of this project.

Alternatively, you have the right to raise any concerns with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) via their website at https://ico.org.uk/concerns/.