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Secondary school teachers are responsible for teaching approved national curriculum subjects to students aged 11-19, guiding them through some of the most important stages of their education – their GCSEs and A-levels.
If you enter this incredibly important profession, you will be responsible for preparing lesson plans and teaching pupils in accordance with the national curriculum. Essentially, your primary objective will be to impart your subject-specific knowledge using creative, interactive and engaging teaching methods.
You’ll also be responsible for marking students’ work and providing them with necessary feedback, criticism, encouragement and support.
As you educate the bright young minds of tomorrow, you will need to pay attention to each individual student’s progress through the use of regular assignments, tests and projects. Furthermore, you’ll be responsible for helping students prepare for crucial examinations, admissions tests and other competitive academic exercises.
From time to time, you may also get the opportunity to take part in events and projects outside of the classroom, such as taking children on cultural outings, field trips and excursions.
Teaching, however, is not all about working with young students. Frequently, you will have to attend meetings with other teaching staff, undertake in-service training and meet with pupils’ parents to discuss their academic progress at parents’ evenings.
On a pastoral support level, you may be required to provide counselling and guidance to students who are facing learning difficulties. This may involve referring students to other relevant authorities and professionals who may be able to help them.
Teachers also need to keep their skills fresh. Consequently, you’ll be required to keep up to date on new teaching methods and developments in the curriculum.
Finally, you’ll regularly be collaborating with other teaching colleagues, administrators and teaching assistants in order to provide every student with a well-rounded, quality education.
- Instruct students at a secondary school.
- Create instructional resources for use in the classroom.
- Plan, prepare and deliver instructional activities.
- Create positive educational climate for students to learn in.
- Meet course and school-wide student performance goals.
- Participate in ongoing training sessions.
- Create lesson plans and modify accordingly throughout the year.
- Maintain grade books.
- Grade papers and perform other administrative duties as needed.
- Write grant proposals to gain funding for further research.
- Create projects designed to enhance lectures.
- Read and stay abreast of current topics in education.
- Create lesson plans.
- Utilize various curriculum resources.
- Integrate competencies, goals, and objectives into lesson plans.
- Utilize curricula that reflect the diverse educational, cultural, and linguistic backgrounds of the students served.
- Develop incentives to keep participants in class.
- Develop professional relationships with other agencies and programs.
- Utilize public library resources.
- Work with program coordinators to ensure initiatives are being met.
- Tutor students on an individual basis.
- Establish and communicate clear objectives for all learning activities.
- Prepare and distribute required reports.
- Observe and evaluate student's performance.
- Manage student behavior in the classroom by invoking approved disciplinary procedures.
Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) or a Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE)
COLLEGE OF EDUCATION GRADUATE
BSc in Education