Secondary education teaching professionals


Average Annual Pay

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2018


Average Weekly Hours

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2018


Unemployment Rate

Labour Force Survey 2018

Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)


Secondary (and middle school deemed secondary) education teaching professionals plan, organise and provide instruction in one or more subjects, including physical education and diversionary activities, within a prescribed curriculum in a secondary or secondary/ middle school.


Entry is with a first degree that provides QTS (qualified teacher status) or, in Scotland, TQ (teaching qualification); or other relevant degree followed by further postgraduate training (most commonly PGCE – Postgraduate Certificate in Secondary Education, or, in Scotland, PGDE – Professional Graduate Diploma in Education). Further and higher professional qualifications are required for some teaching posts.

Typical tasks

  • prepares and delivers courses and lessons in accordance with curriculum requirements and teaches one or more subjects;
  • prepares, assigns and corrects exercises and examinations to record and evaluate students’ progress;
  • prepares students for external examinations and administers and invigilates these examinations;
  • maintains records of students’ progress and development;
  • supervises any practical work and maintains classroom discipline;
  • undertakes pastoral duties;
  • supervises teaching assistants and trainees;
  • discusses progress with student, parents and/or other education professionals;
  • assists with or plans and develops curriculum and rota of teaching duties.

Common job titles

Teacher (secondary school)
Mistress, school (secondary school)
Teacher, school, comprehensive
Teacher, school, upper
Teacher, form, sixth
Instructor, woodwork (secondary school)
Mistress (secondary school)
Head, deputy (secondary school)
Mistress, school (sixth form college)
Instructor, training, physical (secondary school)
Master (secondary school)
Rector (secondary school)
Head of department (secondary school)
Head, deputy (sixth form college)
Master (sixth form college)
Mistress (sixth form college)
Instructor (secondary school)
Teacher, head, assistant (secondary school)
Master, head, assistant (secondary school)
Teacher, college, form, sixth
Teacher, head, deputy (sixth form college)
Teacher, head, assistant (sixth form college)
Master, house (secondary school)
Mistress, head, deputy (sixth form college)
Master, school (secondary school)
Head, assistant (secondary school)
Lecturer, dance (secondary school)
Mistress, head, assistant (secondary school)
Teacher, dancing (secondary school)
Tutor (secondary school)
Master, head, assistant (sixth form college)
Teacher, school, secondary
Teacher, secondary
Teacher, music (secondary school)
Director of studies (sixth form college)
Teacher (sixth form college)
Master, house (sixth form college)
Mistress, house (sixth form college)
Lecturer (secondary school)
Teacher, head, deputy (secondary school)
Monk (secondary school:
Tutor (sixth form college)
Mistress, house (secondary school)
Lecturer (sixth form college)
Master, school (sixth form college)
Head of department (sixth form college)
Instructor (secondary school,
Nun (secondary school:
Mistress, head, assistant (sixth form college)
Instructor, woodwork (sixth form college)
Teacher, dance (secondary school)
Master, head, deputy (secondary school)
Mistress, head, deputy (secondary school)
Head, assistant (sixth form college)
Director of studies (secondary school)
Master, head, deputy (sixth form college)
Instructor (sixth form college)

Education background

Destination of Leavers survey, supplied by the Higher Education Statistics.