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Secondary school teacher

Secondary school teachers teach children from 11 to 16, or up to 19 in schools with sixth forms.

Potential salary

£24,373 to £40,490

Employment by 2024

+4.83%

Working hours

37 to 40 term time

  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to create the best conditions for learning or teaching new things
  • leadership skills
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • maths knowledge
  • administration skills
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

You will:

  • plan lessons and prepare teaching materials
  • set up the classroom, organise displays and resources
  • teach whole class lessons, work with small groups and do practical activities
  • direct the work of learning support and teaching assistants
  • mark and assess pupils' work
  • provide a safe and healthy environment and follow safeguarding procedures
  • update records, take registers and write reports
  • talk to parents and carers about their children's progress

You might also:

  • work with other professionals like education psychologists, careers advisers, counsellors and social workers
  • attend meetings and training
  • organise subject outings, after school clubs, exam revision classes or school social activities

You could work at a school, at a college, at a pupil referral unit or at a special needs school.

Your working environment may be physically and emotionally demanding.

You can take on extra responsibilities, such as supporting pupils with additional needs, departmental or careers leadership, or pastoral support. You may receive extra pay allowances to do this.

With experience, you could become a specialist leader of education, supporting teachers in other schools. You could also be a curriculum leader, head of year, deputy head or headteacher.

You can work for an exam board, a local education authority, in further education, or with a gallery or museum as an education officer. You can also work freelance as a private tutor.

You can discover more about how to become a teacher from Get Into Teaching.

You can also search for jobs through the Teaching Vacancies service.

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