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Secondary school teacher

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Summary of occupation

Secondary school teachers teach one or a number of subject areas to students in Years 7 to 12.

ANZSCO description: Teaches one or more subjects within a  prescribed curriculum to secondary school students and promotes  students' social, emotional, intellectual and physical  development. Registration or licensing is required.
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Specialisations: Secondary School Teacher-Librarian
Job prospects: Average
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Knowledge, skills and attributes

A secondary school teacher needs:

  • to enjoy working with young people
  • a friendly and personable demeanor
  • patience and tolerance
  • organisational skills
  • leadership and motivational skills
  • a supportive and caring nature
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Working conditions

Secondary school teachers work in high schools and senior campuses. They usually work regular teaching hours, but are expected to work additional hours to prepare for classes, attend staff meetings and undertake administrative tasks such as marking and writing reports. They may also be required to work additional hours to take students on excursions or camps, or to attend assemblies, graduations or other school functions. Secondary school teachers are also expected to attend professional development seminars and sessions.

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Salary details

On average, secondary school teachers can expect to earn between $1 368 and $1 886 per week ($71 158 and $98 084 per year), depending on the organisation they work for, and their level of experience.

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Tools and technologies

Secondary school teachers use a range of educational teachnologies and tools to develop and deliver learning, such as white boards, workbooks and textbooks, audio-visual texts and equipment, and a range of other teaching aids. They also use computers and other office equipment, and may also, depending on their role, use materials or equipment that is relevant to the subject area in which they teach, such as art and craft supplies, sports equipment, film and video or photographic equipment, or other teaching aids relevant to their specialisation.

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Education and training/entrance requirements

To become a secondary school teacher you usually need to complete a degree in secondary education.
Alternatively, you can undertake a postgraduate qualification in secondary education after completing a degree in a relevant study area.

Most universities in Western Australia offer relevant courses. Contact the universities you are interested in for more information.

To work as a secondary school teacher in Western Australia, you must be registered with the Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia (TRBWA). You also need to hold a current Working With Children Check issued by the Department of Community Services, and undergo a National Police History Check conducted by the Department of Education Screening Unit. Contact the Department of Education for more information.

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Apprenticeships and traineeships

As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer. You spend most of your time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider of your choice. They will assess your skills and when you are competent in all areas, you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification.

If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. You generally start your school based apprenticeship by attending school three days a week, spending one day at a registered training organisation and one day at work. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you get a full-time apprenticeship you can apply to leave school before reaching the school leaving age.

If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.

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Recognition of prior learning

If you think you already have some of the skills or competencies, obtained either through non-formal or informal learning, you may be able to gain credit through recognition of prior learning.

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Secondary school teachers teach one or a number of subject areas to students in Years 8 to 12. They plan, prepare and present lessons and teaching programmes, supervise students as they learn, write and mark assignments and tests, and attend staff meetings.

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