Questions Checklist In 'Initial Teacher Education' Initial Teacher Education Back to 'Degrees and Courses' Questions to ask when you research a teacher training route: How much time will I spend in school overall? How many schools will I undertake practical teaching experience at? What kind of schools will I be placed at (type, age group, geographical area, etc)? Will I have to write assignments? Will I get a dedicated mentor in school? How many hours will my timetable be on placement? How many other student teachers of my subject will I be studying with? Will I be an extra teacher whist on placement (“supernumerary”) or will I be counted as staff? How established and positive is the reputation of this teacher training provider? What are the success and employment rates?