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Teaching and Learning


Help to sculpt the young minds of tomorrow in this highly fulfilling industry that allows you to give back and see results. Careers in teaching and learning are arguably some of the most important in the world – without teachers how would we obtain knowledge and develop as a society?

Industry Summary

Whether you’re interested in teaching eight-year olds their times-tables at a junior school or quantum physics to tired university students, seeing others succeed and accomplish their goals is incredibly rewarding. Of course, it’s not just the teachers at the front of the classroom involved in this industry – there are also many other incredibly important roles. Whether you would like to become a teaching assistant, a substitute teacher or even a special education needs aid, there’s more to the teaching sector than most think.

You may have heard conflicting opinions that a career in teaching is pretty easy with loads of holiday each year, and others who claim it is a nightmare with wild children running loose at variable times. Neither of these are true, and though a teaching career may be challenging at times, it’s all about the bigger picture – after all, where would we be without teachers to guide us through some of the trickiest points in our lives?

If you wish to pursue a teaching role, you don’t necessarily need to work with young people, there are plenty of opportunities to teach adults. Nonetheless, no matter who you teach you’ll need to be able to engage and connect with those who you’re teaching; confidence, enthusiasm, charisma and great communication skills are all essential. If you feel you possess any of these, a career in education and learning may be perfect for you.

 

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Work Experience

Work experience is very important to a career in teaching and learning. Not only will it allow you to gain valuable insight and the chance to decide whether a job in this industry will be right for you, but it will also show employers that you are dedicated to a future role in the sector. There are a huge range of opportunities to gain work experience in the teaching and learning industry; whether that’s tutoring other students or volunteering your spare time to work in a school.

As part of your teacher training, you’ll be expected to have a lot of classroom experience, so it’s best to start early and get used to the classroom environment. As part of your training course you’ll be required to gain a minimum of 24 weeks of school experience in at least two schools in order to meet the Teachers’ Standards, this should ensure that you’re properly prepared for your future career.

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Apprenticeships

An apprenticeship in education and learning will give you great hands-on experience from your first day on the job. You’ll be able to work alongside experienced colleagues who will be able to get you up to scratch on all the ins and outs of the industry and handle real responsibility. In addition, you’ll also be working towards gaining the qualifications that will open up your career, all while being paid a salary. Some apprenticeships in education and learning include:

  • Level 3 – Teaching Assistant
  • Level 3 – Learning Mentor
  • Level 4 – Assessor/Coach
  • Level 5 – Learning and Skills Teacher
  • Level 6 – Teacher
  • Level 7 – Academic Professional

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University

Many people go to university in order to pursue a career in teaching and learning. Choosing to take a degree for this subject will give you the opportunity to learn about the theoretical knowledge you’ll need to apply to your future career. You’ll be able to choose the units you wish to study which means you can tailor your learning to your areas of interest which may aid you in your future job. You can also look for degrees that offer their students a placement year – this is an excellent chance to get more hands-on work experience that will really set you up for a great career in teaching and learning.

  • Education and Learning BA (Hons)
  • Education in Professional Practice BA (Hons)
  • Teaching, Learning and Child Development (Hons)
  • Teaching and Learning BA (Hons)
  • Education Studies BA (Hons)
  • Teaching and Education BA (Hons)

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Graduate Jobs

There are huge amounts of opportunities available to graduates in the teaching and learning industry, however, you’ll be up against stiff competition. If you do not have a teaching degree, don’t worry, there are many options still out there for you if this is a career you wish to pursue. You could make direct use of your degree and teach a subject that you love – there are generous funding grants in place to cover the costs of teacher training in whatever you choose.

Keep in mind, you need to have achieved Qualified Teaching Status (QTS) to be able to teach in government-run schools after completing Initial Teacher Training (ITT) or Initial Teacher Education (ITE) which will then lead to a Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). You could also choose to enter postgraduate teacher training such as gaining the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) which will leave you fully qualified to enter the teaching and learning industry.

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Other routes

There are a few other routes in which to enter a career in teaching, however, in order to be able to work teaching others you are often required to have a qualification to prove your abilities. More informal methods of training do not often require such strict entrance restrictions, such as teaching languages to adults, but this may depend on your employer. It may be a good idea to consult with a training provider who can inform you of the qualifications necessary to undertake your desired career path in teaching.

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Higher education teaching professionals

Work Description

Higher education teaching professionals deliver lectures and teach students to at least first degree level, undertake research and write journal articles and books in their chosen field of study.

Qualification

Entry will require a good honours first degree plus a higher degree or an equivalent professional qualification. For vocational subjects, practical experience and additional qualifications may also be required.

Job Tasks

prepares, delivers and directs lectures, seminars and tutorials; prepares, administers and marks examinations, essays and other assignments; advises students on academic matters and encourages independent research; provides pastoral care or guidance to students; participates in decision making processes regarding curricula, budgetary, departmental and other matters; directs the work of postgraduate students; undertakes research, writes articles and books and attends conferences and other meetings.

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Estimated Pay

Information on weekly pay (average, median and decile) is taken from a combination of two sources: the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE); and the Labour Force Survey (LFS) (both conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)). ASHE is widely regarded as the most reliable source of information on Pay and Hours, however it does not include information on pay by qualification as well as some other characteristics (such as self-employment).

Unemployment Data

The level and rate of UK unemployment for this career path measured by the Labour Force Survey (LFS) as a percentage, using the International Labour Organisation's definition of unemployment.

Projected Employment Levels

Estimated Hours

Further education teaching professionals

Work Description

Further education teaching professionals supervise and teach trade, technical, commercial, adult education, secondary and post-secondary courses to students beyond minimum school leaving age.

Qualification

Further education lecturers normally require a professional or academic qualification in the subject area they intend to teach, relevant professional, industrial or business experience and an appropriate teaching qualification.

Job Tasks

prepares, delivers and directs lectures, seminars and tutorials; prepares, administers and marks examinations, essays and other assignments; arranges instructional visits and periods of employment experience for students; assists with the administration of teaching and the arranging of timetables; liaises with other professional and commercial organisations to review course content.

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Estimated Pay

Information on weekly pay (average, median and decile) is taken from a combination of two sources: the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE); and the Labour Force Survey (LFS) (both conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)). ASHE is widely regarded as the most reliable source of information on Pay and Hours, however it does not include information on pay by qualification as well as some other characteristics (such as self-employment).

Unemployment Data

The level and rate of UK unemployment for this career path measured by the Labour Force Survey (LFS) as a percentage, using the International Labour Organisation's definition of unemployment.

Projected Employment Levels

Estimated Hours

Secondary education teaching professionals

Work Description

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.

Qualification

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.

Job 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.

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Estimated Pay

Information on weekly pay (average, median and decile) is taken from a combination of two sources: the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE); and the Labour Force Survey (LFS) (both conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)). ASHE is widely regarded as the most reliable source of information on Pay and Hours, however it does not include information on pay by qualification as well as some other characteristics (such as self-employment).

Unemployment Data

The level and rate of UK unemployment for this career path measured by the Labour Force Survey (LFS) as a percentage, using the International Labour Organisation's definition of unemployment.

Projected Employment Levels

Estimated Hours

Primary and nursery education teaching professionals

Work Description

Primary (and middle school deemed primary) and nursery education teaching professionals plan, organise and provide instruction to children at all levels up to the age of entry into secondary education.

Qualification

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.

Job Tasks

prepares and delivers courses and lessons in accordance with curriculum requirements and teaches a range of 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 students and maintains classroom discipline; teaches simple songs and rhymes, reads stories and organises various activities to promote language, social and physical development; 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.

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Estimated Pay

Information on weekly pay (average, median and decile) is taken from a combination of two sources: the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE); and the Labour Force Survey (LFS) (both conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)). ASHE is widely regarded as the most reliable source of information on Pay and Hours, however it does not include information on pay by qualification as well as some other characteristics (such as self-employment).

Unemployment Data

The level and rate of UK unemployment for this career path measured by the Labour Force Survey (LFS) as a percentage, using the International Labour Organisation's definition of unemployment.

Projected Employment Levels

Estimated Hours

Special needs education teaching professionals

Work Description

Special needs education teaching professionals organise and provide instruction at a variety of different levels to children who have emotional, behavioural or learning difficulties or physical disabilities. These professionals may also work with exceptionally gifted pupils.

Qualification

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). Additionally, prior experience in mainstream teaching is usually required, and further training for special needs teaching may be mandatory.

Job Tasks

creates a safe, stimulating and supportive learning environment for students; assesses student’s abilities, identifies student’s needs and devises curriculum and rota of teaching duties accordingly; gives instruction, using techniques appropriate to the student’s handicap; develops and adapts conventional teaching methods to meet the individual student’s needs; encourages the student to develop self-help skills to circumvent the limitations imposed by their disability; prepares, assigns and corrects exercises to record and evaluate students progress; supervises students in classroom and maintains discipline; liaises with other professionals, such as social workers, speech and language therapists and educational psychologists; updates and maintains students’ records to monitor development and progress; discusses student’s progress with parents and other teaching professionals.

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Estimated Pay

Information on weekly pay (average, median and decile) is taken from a combination of two sources: the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE); and the Labour Force Survey (LFS) (both conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)). ASHE is widely regarded as the most reliable source of information on Pay and Hours, however it does not include information on pay by qualification as well as some other characteristics (such as self-employment).

Unemployment Data

The level and rate of UK unemployment for this career path measured by the Labour Force Survey (LFS) as a percentage, using the International Labour Organisation's definition of unemployment.

Projected Employment Levels

Estimated Hours

Senior professionals of educational establishments

Work Description

Job holders in this unit group plan, organise, direct and co-ordinate the administration, support systems and activities that facilitate the effective running of a university, college or other educational establishment.

Qualification

Entrants usually possess a degree or equivalent qualification and have gained significant relevant experience in the field of education. Specialist training courses and professional qualifications are available.

Job Tasks

considers staffing, financial, material and other short- and long-term needs; arranges for evaluation of management, accounting, information storage and retrieval and other facilities; provides administrative support to the academic team; leads or contributes to decision making processes regarding curricula, budgetary, disciplinary and other matters; controls administrative aspects of student admission, registration and graduation; acts as secretary to statutory and other bodies/committees associated with the educational establishment; drafts and interprets regulations and deals with queries and complaints procedures; organises examinations, necessary invigilations and any security procedures required; arranges for the preparation and publication of syllabuses and other official documents; assists with recruitment, public relations and marketing activities; coordinates and maintains quality assurance procedures.

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Estimated Pay

Information on weekly pay (average, median and decile) is taken from a combination of two sources: the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE); and the Labour Force Survey (LFS) (both conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)). ASHE is widely regarded as the most reliable source of information on Pay and Hours, however it does not include information on pay by qualification as well as some other characteristics (such as self-employment).

Unemployment Data

The level and rate of UK unemployment for this career path measured by the Labour Force Survey (LFS) as a percentage, using the International Labour Organisation's definition of unemployment.

Projected Employment Levels

Estimated Hours

Education advisers and school inspectors

Work Description

Education advisers and school inspectors plan, organise and direct the educational activities and resources in a local authority education area, and undertake inspections of schools and other training establishments excluding universities.

Qualification

Jobholders usually possess an education-related degree or relevant postgraduate qualification and have gained relevant experience in teaching and/or school management. Before being appointed, an inspector has to attend a course of training provided or approved by OFSTED. Most inspectors are or have been head teachers, deputy heads or heads of department.

Job Tasks

advises on all aspects of education and ensures that all statutory educational requirements are being met; plans and advises on the provision of special schools for children with physical or learning disabilities; appoints and controls teaching staff; verifies that school buildings are adequately maintained; arranges for the provision of school medical and meals services; observes teaching, assesses learning level and discusses any apparent faults with teachers, heads of department and head teachers; prepares reports on schools concerning teaching standards, educational standards being achieved, the spiritual, moral and social development of pupils, resource management etc.

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Estimated Pay

Information on weekly pay (average, median and decile) is taken from a combination of two sources: the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE); and the Labour Force Survey (LFS) (both conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)). ASHE is widely regarded as the most reliable source of information on Pay and Hours, however it does not include information on pay by qualification as well as some other characteristics (such as self-employment).

Unemployment Data

The level and rate of UK unemployment for this career path measured by the Labour Force Survey (LFS) as a percentage, using the International Labour Organisation's definition of unemployment.

Projected Employment Levels

Estimated Hours

Teaching and other educational professionals n.e.c.

Work Description

Job holders in this unit group perform a variety of other education and teaching occupations not elsewhere classified in MINOR GROUP 231: Teaching and Educational Professionals.

Qualification

Entry is possible with a variety of academic qualifications, professional qualifications and/or relevant experience.

Job Tasks

designs and implements methods of assessing the performance of students, co-ordinates and undertakes the evaluation of assessments and awards grades of merit based upon performance; co-ordinates the activities of private music and dancing schools, training centres and similar establishments; provides private academic, vocational and other instruction to individuals or groups; teaches English as a foreign language and assists in the tuition of foreign languages.

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Estimated Pay

Information on weekly pay (average, median and decile) is taken from a combination of two sources: the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE); and the Labour Force Survey (LFS) (both conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)). ASHE is widely regarded as the most reliable source of information on Pay and Hours, however it does not include information on pay by qualification as well as some other characteristics (such as self-employment).

Unemployment Data

The level and rate of UK unemployment for this career path measured by the Labour Force Survey (LFS) as a percentage, using the International Labour Organisation's definition of unemployment.

Projected Employment Levels

Estimated Hours

Nursery nurses and assistants

Work Description

Nursery nurses and assistants care for children from birth up to seven years of age in day or residential nurseries, children’s homes, maternity units and similar establishments.

Qualification

Entry is most common with GCSEs/S grades followed by the award of a certificate from the Council for Awards in Children’s Care and Education. An NVQ/SVQ in Child Care and Education or equivalent qualification at level 3 is required to work as a nursery nurse. CRB clearance is mandatory.

Job Tasks

baths, dresses, prepares feed for and feeds babies, changes babies clothing whenever necessary; supervises young children at mealtimes; plans and organises games and other activities and supervises children’s play; reads stories, organises counting games to help develop language and number skills; writes reports on children’s development and maintains awareness of health and safety issues; communicates with parents and colleagues on children’s development and well-being.

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Estimated Pay

Information on weekly pay (average, median and decile) is taken from a combination of two sources: the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE); and the Labour Force Survey (LFS) (both conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)). ASHE is widely regarded as the most reliable source of information on Pay and Hours, however it does not include information on pay by qualification as well as some other characteristics (such as self-employment).

Unemployment Data

The level and rate of UK unemployment for this career path measured by the Labour Force Survey (LFS) as a percentage, using the International Labour Organisation's definition of unemployment.

Projected Employment Levels

Estimated Hours

Childminders and related occupations

Work Description

Childminders and related occupations provide day-to-day care of children within a domestic setting, and supervise and participate in their play, educational and other activities.

Qualification

Entry may not depend upon academic qualifications, although employers may expect a candidate to possess a qualification accredited by the Council for Awards in Children’s Care or other qualifications. Childminders must be registered with OFSTED to care for children under the age of 8 years. NVQs/SVQs in Child Care and Education are available at Levels 2 and 3. A minimum age limit of 18 years applies, and CRB clearance is mandatory.

Job Tasks

assists children to wash and dress; changes babies’ nappies and clothes as necessary and makes up bottles for feeds; plans, prepares and serves children’s meals and supervises children during meals; mends, washes and irons children’s clothes and tidies their rooms; provides, supervises and participates in children’s indoor and outdoor play activities to promote their development; takes children to participate in play groups or on appropriate outings; takes older children to and from school; maintains appropriate records of children’s development; complies with regulations set by OFSTED and their inspection requirements.

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Estimated Pay

Information on weekly pay (average, median and decile) is taken from a combination of two sources: the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE); and the Labour Force Survey (LFS) (both conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)). ASHE is widely regarded as the most reliable source of information on Pay and Hours, however it does not include information on pay by qualification as well as some other characteristics (such as self-employment).

Unemployment Data

The level and rate of UK unemployment for this career path measured by the Labour Force Survey (LFS) as a percentage, using the International Labour Organisation's definition of unemployment.

Projected Employment Levels

Estimated Hours

Playworkers

Work Description

Playworkers deliver and facilitate play opportunities for children in a range of formal and informal settings including play groups, play schemes, free play locations, and in pre- and after-school activities.

Qualification

Entry may not depend upon academic qualifications, although some employers will expect candidates to possess or be working towards a relevant qualification. NVQs/SVQs in Child Care and Education are available at Levels 2 and 3. CRB clearance is mandatory.

Job Tasks

supervises children’s games and encourages the development of physical, social and language skills; provides play areas and prepares materials for a wide range of children’s activities; encourages children’s independence, self-confidence and social interaction; organises and supervises children on excursions; organises and supervises children’s activities in accordance with Health and Safety regulations, deals accordingly with injuries and emergencies; puts away equipment and cleans premises after use; liaises with parents, carers and colleagues and keeps appropriate records.

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Estimated Pay

Information on weekly pay (average, median and decile) is taken from a combination of two sources: the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE); and the Labour Force Survey (LFS) (both conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)). ASHE is widely regarded as the most reliable source of information on Pay and Hours, however it does not include information on pay by qualification as well as some other characteristics (such as self-employment).

Unemployment Data

The level and rate of UK unemployment for this career path measured by the Labour Force Survey (LFS) as a percentage, using the International Labour Organisation's definition of unemployment.

Projected Employment Levels

Estimated Hours

Teaching assistants

Work Description

Teaching assistants assist teachers with their day-to-day classroom work and with routine administrative tasks.

Qualification

Academic qualifications may be required by some employers, although entry is possible with relevant experience (possibly on a voluntary basis) alone. An NVQ Level 2 qualification is available. CRB clearance is mandatory.

Job Tasks

assists teacher with preparation or clearing up of classroom; looks after lesson materials such as paper, pencils and crayons; listens to children read, reads to them or tells stories; assists children with washing or dressing for outdoor and similar activities; makes simple teaching aids and constructs thematic displays of educational material or children’s work; helps with outings and other out-of-classroom activities.

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Estimated Pay

Information on weekly pay (average, median and decile) is taken from a combination of two sources: the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE); and the Labour Force Survey (LFS) (both conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)). ASHE is widely regarded as the most reliable source of information on Pay and Hours, however it does not include information on pay by qualification as well as some other characteristics (such as self-employment).

Unemployment Data

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Educational support assistants

Work Description

Educational support assistants work with teachers to provide one-to-one support for children with particular learning needs.

Qualification

Academic qualifications may be required by some employers, although entry is possible with relevant experience alone. CRB clearance is mandatory.

Job Tasks

supports schoolwork under teacher’s supervision; helps child understand instruction through a variety of means and encourages self-confidence and independence; identifies signs of distress and offers reassurance; implements care programmes, as appropriate; helps and encourages child to communicate; attends to child’s physical needs; provides feedback to teachers and completes and maintains records.

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Estimated Pay

Information on weekly pay (average, median and decile) is taken from a combination of two sources: the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE); and the Labour Force Survey (LFS) (both conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)). ASHE is widely regarded as the most reliable source of information on Pay and Hours, however it does not include information on pay by qualification as well as some other characteristics (such as self-employment).

Unemployment Data

The level and rate of UK unemployment for this career path measured by the Labour Force Survey (LFS) as a percentage, using the International Labour Organisation's definition of unemployment.

Projected Employment Levels

Estimated Hours

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