Secondary School Teacher
A secondary school teacher delivers national curriculum subjects to 11-16 year old students, or up to 19 year old students in schools with 6th forms. Successful secondary teachers use imagination, humour and creativity to devise schemes of work and lesson plans to create a culture of learning and respect in class, and to develop successful interactivity with students.
Secondary school teachers monitor and record each student's individual progress in order to prepare relevant resources effectively. Teachers in secondary schools must also keep abreast of developments in their specialist subject, new resources available, teaching methods and national objectives. Good communication with parents is also essential for secondary teachers.
Typical work activities
Typical work activities include:
- the planning and preparation of lessons to be delivered to students, including classroom displays;
- work assessment and marking, feeding back to students and keeping records of pupils' progress and achievement;
- using a range of different equipment and learning resources;
- carrying out pastoral duties like being a form tutor, and providing individual student support through personal or academic challenges;
- preparing students external examinations and invigilating them, including GCSE and A-levels;
- enforcing the school's behaviour policy by managing students' behaviour in and out of the classroom, and applying appropriate and effective measures in cases of misbehaviour;
- working with teaching assistants, trainee teachers and NQTs by supervising and supporting them
- organising extracurricular events and activities, such as day trips, field trips and sports events;
- attending departmental meetings, parent-teacher evenings and INSET training events;
- working with other education professionals, such as learning mentors, careers advisers, educational psychologists and education welfare officers;