Alice Fevronia: How to become a secondary school Geography teacher

Meet Alice, best known as a runner-up in the Great British Bake Off, 2019. Alongside baking extravagant cakes, she works as a Geography teacher in an all-boys secondary school, teaching students between the ages of 11 and 18. Part of our Bitesize world of work series.

You don't have to be an extrovert to be teacher.

When Alice left school she wasn't sure what she wanted to do, so at college she chose a range of A Level subjects she enjoyed rather than focusing on a specific career or 'set' of subjects that 'fitted' together.

One of the subjects she studied was Geography, which she continued to study at university. Alice then combined her passion for Geography with her love of working in a school environment, by going on to study for a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education), she now finds real meaning in her job as a secondary school teacher.

What to expect if you want to become a secondary school teacher

Secondary school teacher salary: £24,373 to £40,490 per year

Secondary school teacher working hours: 36 to 40 hours per week term time. It's likely that you will need to work in the evening as well

What qualifications do you need to be a secondary school teacher?

The following skills are useful for secondary school teachers to hold:

  • Knowledge and passion for a specific subject, or number of subjects
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Teamwork and people skills
  • A passion for learning and empathy for your students
  • Planning skills.

Typical entry requirements: 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 4 (C), including English and maths, 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, and a degree in any subject for a postgraduate course. You can undertake teacher training at either undergraduate or postgraduate levels and, although not essential, you'll find it useful to have some school experience to support your application. Find out more about how to get started from Get into Teaching. You will also need to have enhanced background checks.

This information is a guide (sources: LMI for All, National Careers Service)

Find out more on the Prospects website about the role of a secondary school teacher.

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