Secondary Teachers usually teach one or two national curriculum subjects to pupils aged 11-18, with the more senior teaches teaching the older A Level students. Aside from the core subjects (Science, Maths and English) there are a multitude of subjects you can teach depending on the school, most of these will require a degree in a field related to the subject.

Working closely in their departments the teachers share ideas for lessons and approaches to teaching, and prepare their students for exams and the next stage of their academic careers.

Secondary teachers main area of focus is ensuring all students are on task, getting involved in discussions and have the motivation to work-hard and achieve their expected grades. Secondary Teachers are usually required to:

  • Develop and deliver engaging lessons, and creating teaching resources, that are inline with national objectives, up-to-date with changes and developments in the curriculum.
  • Undertaking regular observations and participating in in-service training (INSET) as part of continuing professional development.
  • Getting involved in whole school and extracurricular activities including departmental meetings, parents' evenings, training events and school outings.
  • Meeting with specialist learning mentors, careers advisers, educational psychologists and education welfare officers whenever necessary.
  • Taking responsibility for the progress and tracking the development of all of their pupils in regards to their subject area and feeding this information back to parents and the Head of department.
  • Monitoring and supporting the development of Teaching Assistants and NQTs.
  • Ensuring good behaviour both in the classroom and throughout the school and following through with appropriate measures in cases of misbehaviour.
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