Secondary school teacher - The Student Room

  • Secondary school teacher

The role of the Secondary school teacher is to work with children between the ages of 11 and 18 years. They are responsible for teaching one or two subjects under the National Curriculum. In England and Wales, this will most likely mean covering Key Stage 3 (11 – 14 years), Key Stage 4 (14 – 16 years) and A-Levels (16-18 years).

Key responsibilities as a secondary teacher:


  • Teach a specialist subject to different ages and abilities throughout a school.
  • Prepare students for externally assessed examinations such as GCSE’s and A levels.
  • Ensuring subject content and knowledge is up to date and relevant.
  • Preparation and delivery of lessons, marking work and setting student homework.
  • Meeting with carers/parents giving feedback regarding pupil’s performance.
  • Organising and participating in extracurricular activities, school trips and sporting events.
  • Partaking in regular in-service training (known as INSET).
  • Liaising with, supporting and supervising trainee teachers, newly qualified teachers and classroom assistants.

A good secondary teacher:


  • Great enthusiasm for your specialist subject(s).
  • Encourages pupils to learn and enjoy the subject through most effective learning methods.
  • Strong communication and organisation skills.
  • Willing to show initiative and go the extra mile for those eager to learn more.
  • Ability to maintain discipline and deal with difficult behaviour
  • Patient, well mannered and a good sense of humour.