Becoming an ICT teacher allows you to teach and engage with pupils about the subject that you’re passionate about. Pass on your ICT knowledge and technical skills onto the next generation of young minds.
The role of secondary ICT teacher will involve planning, preparing and delivering lessons to pupils between the ages of 11 and 18, in line with the subject’s lesson objectives and the latest national curriculum guidelines. You’ll be required to teach the modules communication and networks, computer system, data communication, ICT systems, software and many more across KS3 – KS4 framework.
As an ICT teacher you should ensure a healthy atmosphere in which you sure learn in and develop a culture in which students’ progress in their English studies. As a secondary school ICT teacher, you’ll be required to stay on top of the latest technological and teaching developments in order to provide relevant resources and updated teaching methods.
As a secondary school English teacher, you will have many responsibilities including:
You will need to possess enthusiasm and a passion for the ICT, have built up excellent subject knowledge and be full aware to current issues relating to the teachings of ICT.
To organise and deliver an appropriately broad, balance, relevant and differentiated curriculum to a range of pupils with different abilities and age across the school. Monitoring and supporting pupil’s progress and learning experience will be a key factor through the position.
To support senior members of staff in the development of work schemes in relation to the ICT and computing syllabus and help creating resources, marking policies and teaching strategies to enhance pupils learning.
Attend related meetings with colleagues, parents and to help build external link to enhance the ICT department. You will also be required to carry out extra-curricular activities to help engage and support student’s development within the subject.
The starting salary for newly qualified teachers is currently at least £22,467 and rises to £33,160 as your career progresses. This how is £28,098 to £33,160 in inner London. However teacher salaries on the main scale in Northern Ireland are slightly lower. In Northern Ireland it ranges from £22,243 to £32,509 and in Scotland it ranges from £22,194 to £35,409 which is slightly higher.
It’s also important to note that academies and free schools are entitled to set their own pay and working conditions this however could be based depending upon the local authority in which the school is located.
Secondary school ICT teachers work from the autumn term in September to the end of summer which is in late July. This is a 39 week academic calendar year which is used for teaching throughout. However ICT teachers often make use of the 13 weeks’ holiday and half terms for marking pupils work and for lesson planning.
The working hours between schools can vary but they’re normally from 8:30am to 3:30 – 4pm. During this time, you will be teaching students of different ages and abilities. You’ll likely be in preparing before the school day starts and stay just after school finishes. Marking pupils’ workbooks and planning future lessons is typically done at home in your own time.
Generally, ICT teachers teach for five periods a day. However this can differ due to a schools timetable and how long their lessons last for. Lunchtimes may be taken up on a rota basis with extracurricular activities or pastoral duties.
Part-time work, long-term contracts and sabbatical prospects are possible. Supply teaching through and agency such as Flourish Education is also an attractive and flexible choice for some ICT teachers.
As an English teacher, just like any teacher you will to pass any checks made by the Disclosure and Barring Service.
Below are the routes into a teaching career in English:
ICT is a subject which pupils’ need in their everyday life as well as their studies. You should demonstrate your passion for ICT and how it relates to everyday life. Teaching a subject that you enjoy and helping your pupils find enjoyment can be enormously rewarding. As a secondary school teacher you can have a big impact on a pupil’s life, not just while there in education but as they more through in to adulthood.
You need to have exceptional interpersonal skills and possess both excellent written and verbal communication skills. Alongside this you’ll be required to demonstrate self-motivation, effect time management and the ability to work individually or as part of a team.
Good listening skills are must, with the ability to understand and engage positively with pupils of all ages. Showcasing a sense of humour and creativity in the classroom is a must to helping bring out the pupils personalities.
The majority of secondary school ICT teachers work in local education authority (LEA) schools. Most of these schools follow the national curriculum.
Academy schools are by a governing body. They’re independent from a local council and they have the power to follow a different curriculum and can set their own term times.
If you work in a grammar school, they’ll select a large majority of their pupils on academic ability so pupils usually have to pass an exam to enrol.
Instead of being funded by the government, private schools or ‘independent schools’ will charge fees to attend. Pupils at these schools don’t have to follow the national curriculum but they must be registered with the government and they’re inspected on a regular basis.
Due to the high demand of ICT teachers, some secondary school ICT teachers decide to register with teaching agencies like Flourish Education and try supply work. Supply teaching offers flexibility, which suits some people. Although it is less stable than a permanent contract, supply teaching can lead to long term and permanent work within a school and also allows you to experience multiple schools.