Friday, 19th April 2019


Compulsory Education In The UK

Secondary schools across the UK cater for children from the ages of 11 to 18. Compulsory education ends after 16, so pupils can decide whether to continue with their studies at school from then or leave the education system and seek employment or further qualifications.

Secondary Employment

Secondary schools will employ a huge variety of teachers, assistants and head of years. Teachers will be required to hold a range of diverse knowledge and expertise, in order to teach school children all the subjects which make up Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 of the National Curriculum and prepare them for GCSEs.

Teachers will also have to offer support and guidance to pupils who may be struggling inside and outside of school, and can end up dealing with children from all types of backgrounds.

The curriculum for GCSEs must include:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science (This can be taught as three separate sciences: Biology, Chemistry and Physics)
  • Modern Foreign Language (normally French, German or Spanish)

State Schools

State schools are educational institutions that are funded and run by the government. State schools are the largest employers in the education sector, with local authorities usually responsible for employing the most teachers for all types of school.

State schools can be primary, secondary, academies or specialist technology centres. Not all of them are run directly by the state, in which case, the individual schools may be responsible for recruiting staff. State schools also employ teaching administration and learning support staff. Vacancies for jobs in state schools are advertised by the local authorities or in local press.

Private or Independent Schools

Private and independent schools are not funded by local authorities, but by school fees, so run themselves independently of the state. There are around 2,600 independent schools in the UK and most independent schools, except the largest, have fewer than 250 staff. Private schools, whilst employing less staff, offer different work commitments and school term dates.

For job opportunities at private schools, they may also be advertised in the press, but applications will most likely be addressed to the individual institution.