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Secondary School Teacher

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Role Description

Secondary school teachers support, observe and record the progress of pupils aged 11 to 18. They teach the national curriculum with the aim of ensuring a healthy culture of learning. They also liaise and network with other professionals, parents and guardians – both formally and informally.

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Salary

New teachers: £25,714 to £36,961.
Head teachers: £100,000.

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Hours

Typically 8.30am till 3.30pm or 4pm. You'll only work for 39 weeks in the year.

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Prospects

Some move out of schools and into other related jobs like advisory roles, education officer or examination board administration

Skills Valued by Employers

  • Respect for children
  • An interest in their development both academically and as people
  • excellent communication, listening and interpersonal skills
  • Capacity to learn quickly and good judgement
  • Strong organisational and time management skills
  • Energy, resourcefulness, responsibility and patience
  • Dedication, resilience and self-discipline
  • A caring nature and an understanding of the needs and feelings of children
  • Able to work independently, as well as part of a team
  • A sense of humour and perspective
  • Imagination, creativity and analytical skills
  • Good understanding of your subject and ability to explain topics coherently.

Resources

Professional Institutes