Presentation on Secondary School Teaching

Secondary School Teaching
as a career
Jonathan Boden
Assistant Headteacher,
St Mary’s College, Hull
Key areas
• Typical day for a teacher
• Different routes into teaching
School Direct (training programme)
Teach First
School Direct (salaried – for career changers only)
• Get into schools – school experience programme; open
days; volunteering etc
• Teachers’ pay
• Career progression
• Work/life balance
• Good / bad points about teaching
Basic entry requirements
• At least Grade C at GCSE in English and Maths
• Must have passed Skills tests (in numeracy
and literacy) for teachers before starting
teacher training
• Must have at least a 2.2 degree in a subject
closely related to the subject in which you
wish to train
Teach First
• 2 year programme -> QTS, PGCE and completion of
NQT Induction
• Highly-competitive (only 1260 places this year)
• You must have at least a 2.1 degree
• Flexibility to work anywhere in England in a challenging
• Six week intensive summer school before starting
• No training fee (Teach First is a charity)
• In first year you are paid as an unqualified teacher
(approx £15,700) and in the second year as a qualified
teacher (approx £21,600)
30% of time spent at university
Professional studies lectures
Essays & assignments at post-graduate level
Specialist subject seminars
Two school placements
School Direct (training programme)
• 1 year programme
• Achieve QTS (and PGCE, in some cases)
through a school-centred route.
• Apply direct to the school (or consortium of
schools) at which you wish to train.
• Accredited by an HEI (Higher Education
School Direct/PGCE: bursaries available for 2013-14
Other priority subjects = English, Geography, History, Greek, Latin, Music, Biology, Physical
(ie. No bursaries available for subjects like Art, Business, Citizenship, Dance, D&T, Drama ,
Economics or Religious Education)
The main pay teacher scale
Career Progression
There are TLR points
(worth anything from an
extra £2.5k to £12.5k
available for extra
responsibilities –
Head of Department
Head of Faculty
Head of Year
Key stage coordinator
Good and Bad points of being a
• Constant variety
• Making a difference
• Helping young people
• Intellectually stimulating
• Great colleagues
• Good holidays
• Don’t need to live in
London (unless you want
• Stress
• Work load – especially
planning and marking
(weekends / evenings)
• Difficult to be ill
• No let up
• Public perception
• Fixed term dates
• Government interference
• Ofsted-obsession
A typical day in my school
8.15 arrive.
8.35 Staff briefing
8.50-9.15 Registration
9.15-12.30 Lessons (15 min breaktime)
12.30-1.30 Lunch time
1.30-3.30pm Lessons
3.45-5.30pm Meetings / training / PPA
6pm Get home (unless parents’ evening, open
evening, school play / concert / dance show….)

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