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:
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