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What is a Secondary School Teacher?

Secondary School Teachers are responsible for educating and guiding students through some of the most significant phases of their school lives. Working in private and public schools, they teach approved national curriculum subjects; such as Maths, Science, English, Art and Physical Education, to students in years 7 - 12.

In accordance with the national curriculum, Secondary School Teachers prepare engaging and informative daily lesson plans, set and conduct exams and assessments and provide progress reports on students. Typically specialising in one or two subjects, they utilise textbooks, creative projects and visual aids to impart their specific knowledge to the class.

A Secondary School Teacher maintains current knowledge of their key subjects as well as up-to-date information on emerging education methods and curriculum changes. They attend staff meetings and liaise with other teaching staff to plan and develop courses and extracurricular activities, such as excursions, sports and social events. Secondary School Teachers are also charged with monitoring their pupils’ behaviour and development, and meeting with parents regularly to discuss progress and performance.

What do Secondary School Teachers do?

  • Preparing and presenting daily lesson plans in accordance with the national curriculum.
  • Writing, conducting and marking exams, assignments and projects to track and evaluate students’ abilities.
  • Encouraging and engaging students’ interest using various teaching techniques and activities.
  • Discussing individual progress and behaviour with pupils and parents.
  • Enforcing school rules and discipline in classroom and other areas.
  • Attending staff meetings, workshops and education conferences.
  • Liaising with teaching staff to develop and implement extracurricular activities such as sporting events, school concerts, fundraisers and excursions.

Career snapshot for Secondary School Teacher

  • The average age of working Secondary School Teachers is 43.
  • 37.60% of Secondary School Teachers are male.
  • 80.20% of Secondary School Teachers work full-time and on average they work around 41.9 hours per week.
  • With A Bachelor Degree or higher, Secondary School Teachers get paid $1,500 per week Before Tax.
  • Unemployment levels are below average.
  • In 2015 records showed 133,200 employed Secondary School Teachers.
  • The projected growth of the profession is estimated to be moderate with employment numbers around 139,000 by 2020.