Secondary School Teacher

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

Day-to-day tasks

In this role you could:

  • prepare teaching materials, set up the classroom and organise displays
  • plan and teach lessons and work with small groups of students
  • mark work and talk to parents and carers about their children's progress
  • manage the work of teaching assistants
  • follow safeguarding procedures and work with careers advisers, counsellors, education psychologists and social workers
  • organise trips, after school clubs or exam revision classes
  • work and attend meetings and training outside of usual working hours

Skills and Knowledge

You'll need:

  • 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
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Industry Requirements

You can do an undergraduate degree that leads to qualified teacher status (QTS). If you already have a bachelor's degree without qualified teacher status, you can complete a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE). This can be done at university or through a training programme based in a school.

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