As a Secondary Teacher, you will teach national curriculum subjects to pupils aged 11 to 18.
The role would suit someone who is highly organised, keen, self-motivated and has a passion for making a difference to children. It involves supporting, observing and recording the progress of their classes. You will also plan lessons in line with the National Curriculum, with the aim of ensuring a healthy culture of learning.
Download and read through the National Curriculum to ensure you are aware and up to date on the latest requirements.
The ideal candidate will have knowledge of Key Stage 3 (ages 11 to 14) and Key
Stage 4 (ages 15 to 16) of the National Curriculum with at least 1 years’
experience in a classroom environment.
You will also need the following:
A Secondary Teacher is a full time role. You will generally work 37 hours a week for 39 weeks a year which is split over 3 school terms. Hours vary from school to school but are usually from 8:30am to 4pm. Usually you will be required to teach five periods a day, with lunchtimes sometimes being taken up with extracurricular or pastoral duties. Outside of your working hours you will spend planning lessons, marking work and participating in activities such as parent’s evening, trips, school inspections and training – which could mean you exceed your 37 hours a week.
The upside of working longer hours is that teachers do receive 13 weeks’ holiday per year.
Your duties are the same for all levels of Secondary schools, these include:
A secondary school teacher must keep up to date with developments in their subject area, new resources, methods and national objectives.
The salary for a Secondary Teacher is determined by the National Teachers Main Pay Scales. Your position on the pay scale depends on the area you work in, your qualifications and experience. As a guide you can expect to earn:
|Entry MPS1||Experienced MPS3||Highly Experienced MPS6|
|Salary||£23,720 to £29,664||£27,652 to £32,837||£35,008 to £40,372|
After gaining experience and expertise you have the opportunity to progress into leadership and head of year roles where salaries start at £36,646 and can rise to £116,738.
Note: Salary details are a guide only and obtained from www.neu.org.uk ‘Main Pay Scales (2018/2019)’
With experience and knowledge you will be able to progress into an array of senior roles including leadership and curriculum roles as well as deputy head and head teacher.
Some teachers pursue higher qualifications, such as an MEd or MBA. There are also professional qualifications available for school managers.
You could also specialise in teaching pupils with special educational needs. You may even move into pastoral care. There is also the option to work for an exam board or a local education authority.