Secondary School Teacher

24/04/2017

It’s a career teaching a subject you love, where you can pass your knowledge onto 11-18 year olds.  Engaging in their learning, observing and recording their progress – inspiring the next generation

What is it?

It’s a career teaching a subject you love, where you can pass your knowledge onto 11-18 year olds.  Engaging in their learning, observing and recording their progress – inspiring the next generation. You’ll plan and deliver lessons in line with the National Curriculum, working as a team within your specific department and school.

What skills and qualifications will I need?

Patience and a good sense of humour! You’ll need to be able to communicate effectively on a number of levels – with students, colleagues and parents.

Effective time management, multi tasking, enthusiasm, commitment and motivational skills will all be used every single day.

What else do I need to know?

You’ll need to keep up to date with all the developments and changes in your chosen subject area, be aware of new resources and national objectives.

Pastoral care for your form of students goes hand in hand with the subject time – you may need to provide support for students with personal difficulties, and be a mentor for others, as well as being able to deal with any general misbehaviour and manage individual students with challenging behaviour.

You will liaise with parents and carers, providing updates on their child’s development and ability – particular in preparation for GCSE and A level exams. 

Career progression to Management and Leadership will involve becoming Head of Year or Subject Leader first.

Just as the progress of your students is monitored, so is your teaching and marking through regular observations and training.

Top Tip

Get some work experience while you’re studying – school life is very different as a teacher so don’t just base your opinion on your experience at school as a student. Having experience on your application form will show that you’re genuinely interested and keen to work with children. As an alternative for the summer, you could apply for paid or voluntary work in a summer camp, youth club, sports camp etc – and this will all strengthen your application.

Where can I get more information?

The National Union of Teachers has lots of information about teaching roles and career progression here https://www.teachers.org.uk

Get into Teaching https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk

National careers service has information here

https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/job-profiles/secondary-school-teacher