What is a teacher?

A teacher is a person, who provides education for people; one who teaches or instructs. The role of teacher is often formal and ongoing, carried out at a school or other place of formal education. 

When teaching kindergarten or elementary students, teachers often cover a broad range of subjects. On the other hand, high school teachers will typically specialize in one particular subject, such as math, English, music, or science.

How to become a teacher?

You can do an undergraduate degree that leads to qualified teacher status (QTS), for example:

  • Bachelor of Education (BEd)
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) with QTS
  • Bachelor of Science (BSc) with QTS

You can also complete a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE), if you have a first degree without QTS. This can be done at university or on a school-based training programme.

Teacher duties

Teacher’s duties are diverse and depend on the employer and specialty, but some responsibilities are common to most:

  • Plan, prepare and deliver lessons
  • Provide educational and social guidance to students and/or signposting them to specialist areas of advice when needed
  • Possess and continually develops working knowledge of national curriculum programmes and frameworks
  • Assess and record student development, while identifying problem areas and areas which need attention and improvement
  • Create and distribute educational content (notes, summaries, assignments etc.)
  • Observe and understand students’ behavior and psyche and report suspicions of neglect, abuse etc.
  • Provide a safe, thriving, and respectful environment for all students in the classroom and on the school campus

Teacher skills

To be an effective teacher, you’ll need certain skills and competencies. The following are often cited in job vacancies:

  • Knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • Creative Problem-Solving Skills
  • Patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • Ability to create the best conditions for learning or teaching new things

How to find a teacher job

These jobs are advertised online, in local newspapers and at your local jobcentre. To find all the teacher jobs near you, you need to:

  • Search for teacher jobs on popular job websites such as; Indeed, Total Jobs and CV Library
  • Use the DWP’s Find A Job Service
  • Check local newspapers and local Facebook groups, especially groups dedicated to local jobs

Teacher Job Titles

When you search for teacher jobs online, be aware that the jobs might be advertised using a different job title. Popular job titles for teacher jobs include;

  • High school teacher
  • Sixth form teacher
  • Primary teacher
  • Class teacher
  • Early years teacher

What does a teacher do?

The job of a teacher varies depending on the job role and the company you’re working for. Check the duties and responsibilities of teacher job advertisements to find jobs that best suit your skills and experience. 

The day-to-day tasks of a teacher include;

  • Plan lessons and prepare teaching materials
  • Set up the classroom, organise displays and resources
  • Teach whole class lessons, work with small groups and do practical activities
  • Direct the work of learning support and teaching assistants
  • Mark and assess pupils’ work
  • Provide a safe and healthy environment and follow safeguarding procedures
  • Update records, take registers and write reports
  • Talk to parents and carers about their children’s progress