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Teaching: Sector Overview


Sector Overview

What jobs are available and how to get them

Teaching Acronyms


Here are some links to communities and discussions for NQTS and PGCE students

Sector Overview

  • The education sector is being put under increased pressure due to changes in the number of students and reforms in funding [ifs, 2011]
  • Vocational courses are expected to be a major growth area []
  • The Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) is the usual qualification needed for working in this sector
  • Graduate Teacher Programmes are available for people who want to work while studying, we have a list of available courses on the jobs page
  • Recruitment is handled by local authorities, rather than individual schools. Increasingly, recruitment agencies are responsible for filling teaching positions

Job Roles

Teachers perform the following roles in their daily working lives

  • Planning, preparing and delivering lessons
  • Creating and organising learning resources
  • Evaluating and recording student development in order to assess their work and judge whether their needs are being met
  • Keeping up to date with developments in teaching, your subject (if applicable), and education policies
  • Pastoral work supporting students on a one-on-one basis
  • Maintaining discipline
  • A range of administrative tasks
  • Representing your school or organisation at meetings
  • Planning extracurricular and out of school activities


These websites can help you think about specialising in a particular subject

Career Stories on Film

Job Profiles

To be a teacher, you will need to obtain Qualified Teacher Status, this usually involves doing a postgraduate qualification, either on the job or through a postgraduate course

Some people work in this sector without this qualification, for instance as administrators or assistants

Some qualified teachers find work outside of schools, for instance in prisons or hospitals