Students into Schools


The Students into Schools programme provides students with placements in local schools.

The programme aims to:

  • Help raise the aspirations and attainment of young people in our community 

  • Give you an insight into teaching and working with children 

  • Provide you with the opportunity to develop new professional skills 

Since the scheme was launched, more than 6,000 students have benefitted from the programme. 

What does it involve? 

Students into Schools runs through modules, taken for academic credit as part of your degree programme: 

You will complete 25-40 hours of time in school, supporting the work of teachers by: 

  • Working as a classroom assistant 
  • Running interventions for small groups of target students 
  • Utilising your subject knowledge to make learning more engaging 
  • Inspiring young people to go to university 

We work with selected local primary and secondary schools who are excited to have students involved in their educational activities. They will support and supervise you on placement and help you to feel a part of the school community. 

What will I gain through taking part in the programme? 

  • Successful candidates will be trained in safeguarding procedures and develop knowledge of professional expectations in educational environments.  
  • Your placement will provide you with invaluable experience in a professional environment. Module teaching and assessments will help you to reflect on your placement and consider how you can apply your experiences to your future career, wherever you might end up. 
  • Students into Schools works with initial teacher training providers to present you with the information you need to make an informed decision about a career in teaching. The programme is a big tick on your CV for ITT providers! 
  • We pay for your DBS check – this can be utilised in future work and volunteering opportunities – and reimburse travel expenses. 
  • Participating in Students into Schools is a great way to give back to the local community by enhancing young people’s education in areas that need it most. It is also a great way of seeing new parts of the city and region outside of the student bubble! 

"Seeing the pride the pupils felt when they understood something they previously found challenging was so rewarding!" Jade Ward, Theology and Religious Studies module student at Woodkirk School 

"Taking part helped me to gain a place on a Schools Direct PGCE. Teachers had a wealth of experience and were able to offer me advice and feedback. In the interview, I was able to relax as the classroom environment felt normal" Emily Gavaghan, volunteer at The Co-operative Academy of Leeds 

How do you apply? 

Students into schools modules are not available through normal online enrolment.  

  • Apply for a place on the relevant module on MyCareer using this link
  • Applications open on 16th May

You will need to: 

  • Complete the application, demonstrating why you are a suitable candidate 
  • Provide the details of two referees 
  • Source the relevant documentation to pass a DBS check. 

The final deadline for applications, references, and DBS document check and registration is 23rd June 2023.

The Students into Schools Team are on hand to support you through this process. 

Applications will be assessed over the summer, and final confirmation of a place on the programme will be provided in September 2023.

 Looking for other opportunities in schools? 

If you are part of an LUU student-led society and would like to deliver extra-curricular clubs, workshops and assemblies in schools, email to find out more about how the Societies into Schools programme can support you. 


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