What it takes to be a Secondary School Teacher in the UK

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Looking to start or further your career as a secondary school teacher in the UK? Here’s what you need to know.

You’ll need to have a recognised teaching qualification, along with a degree in the subject you choose to teach, to work in a UK state school as a secondary school teacher. 

What is needed: 

  • Undergraduate education degree or Bachelor of Education (BEd) degree. 
  • Complete your degree and take a postgraduate teacher training programme, such as a PGCE or PGDE.
  • Your degree must be in the subject you have chosen to teach (or closely related).

You will also be required to pass a police criminal record or Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Priority subjects for UK Secondary Schools right now:

  • Maths
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Languages
  • Biology
  • Computing
  • Geography

What do Secondary School teachers get paid in the UK?

As a newly qualified teacher, you’ll begin on a salary of at least £24 373, or £30 480 in inner London, says teacher training advisers, Get into Teaching.

See the 2019-2020 table for teachers’ pay ranges here.

How old are the students in secondary school?

Pupils range from the ages of 11 to 18 (Year 7 to Year 13).

Resources: Get into Teaching