"Taking part in the School Tutoring Programme provided me with the experience and understanding of teaching required in order to gain acceptance to the competitive PGDE programme. I am now working as a teacher at one of the two schools I was placed at, with the STP acting as that first step in building an effective working relationship with the school."  
Chloe Knox, previous STP participant and now Teacher of English, Grove Academy

The School Tutoring Programme (STP) offers University of Dundee students the opportunity to gain work experience in the classroom setting.

We work with councils in Angus, Dundee City, Fife and Perth & Kinross to maximise the number school tutoring opportunities across different subject and geographical areas.

STP Plus offers an enhanced school placement with participation involving a school based placement of a minimum of 30 hours. During your placement, you will undertake a study on an aspect of school life, the subject of which will agreed between the participant and the school.  Following completing of your placement, you will present the findings from your study to teachers from your placement school and members of staff from the University of Dundee. Students interested in STP Plus should complete the STP application form and discuss participation at the applicant meeting.

Benefits to students of successfully completing STP Plus include:

  • An excellent addition to your CV.
  • A certificate to evidence participation.
  • A guaranteed interview when applying to the University of Dundee PGDE Programme (subject to minimum entry requirements being met).

The School Tutoring Programme is only open to currently matriculated University of Dundee students of all degree disciplines and years. Both undergraduate and postgraduate students are welcome to apply. If you are a University of Dundee graduate considering a career in teaching or a related area, seeking advice on relevant work experience get in touch with the Careers Service on careers@dundee.ac.uk or call (01382) 384017.

The School Tutoring Programme has been designed to help school pupils, teachers and university students. The programme typically involves volunteer students (Student Tutors) assisting teachers within nursery, primary or secondary schools for one morning or afternoon per week for approximately 8 weeks (usually between December and April annually).

All applicants must undergo a PVG check through Disclosure Scotland. If you are already a member of the PVG Scheme (covering regulated work with children) then there is no cost, however if you are not then you will be asked to contribute £20 to the cost of PVG membership (currently £59).

Student tutors work with pupils under constant supervision of the Class Teacher. The types of activities student tutors can generally help with include but are not limited to the following:

The main aim of The School Tutoring Programme is to help students acquire work experience in the classroom setting and in the wider sense give them a valuable personal and professional development opportunity.

Specific benefits include:

Applications are currently closed for 2019/2020.

To be added to the mailing list for 2020/2021 please email student-tutoring@dundee.ac.uk.

Information for Schools

We welcome enquiries from all schools in Angus, Dundee, Fife, Perth & Kinross and are happy to discuss any aspect of the School Tutoring Programme with you.


Please contact Stephen, The School Tutoring Programme Co-ordinator on student-tutoring@dundee.ac.uk or call (01382) 384017. We look forward to hearing from you!


"We have been involved with the university school tutoring program for the last 3 or 4 years.  Our teachers see the value of nurturing students, who may want a career in primary teaching and that is what we aim to do.  We get enthusiastic engagement from people from different backgrounds who bring new ideas and enthusiasm into our school. You make us look at the world from a different perspective, ‘through new eyes’, which helps us to continue to adapt and evolve our own practice. This has a very positive impact on the children we teach." - Hannah McMillan, Acting Head Teacher, Hillside Primary