11 December 2019
A teacher externship provides an opportunity to build deep and sustained relationships with employers, to develop careers guidance within schools and help achieve Gatsby benchmark 4, which states: “All teachers should link curriculum learning to careers.”
A teacher externship involves teachers interacting with a local employer, observing how their subject is used in business and discussing different career pathways relevant to their subject. Teachers then return to school and plan a project linked to the curriculum, or develop curriculum-based resources, using the business they have visited as the context and setting. Their students complete the work or project within school, to enhance their understanding of the relevance of the curriculum, develop their employability skills, prepare them for the workplace and make informed career choices.