Secondary School Teachers are responsible for teaching students aged 11-19 helping them shape their futures and develop their career options. They will normally specialise in one or two subjects and will prepare lesson plans in line with the national curriculum, this could be in a state or independent school. Secondary school teachers will teach students of all different ages and abilities preparing them for exams such as GCSE's and A Levels.
The most common way to become a secondary school teacher is to do Initial Teacher Education or Training (ITET) and gain qualified teacher status (QTS). This could be gained through university led training through an undergraduate degree or postgraduate award or it could be school led work based training.
- Enthusiasm for your subject and a strong desire to teach others
- Creativity to create interesting lesson plans which will keep students enthused
- Good communications skills and the ability to develop good relationships with parents, pupils and colleagues
- Patience and a good sense of humour
- The ability to manage a class full of young people and deal with any challenging behaviour
- Good problem solving abilities
£22,000 to £33,000