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The education sector mainly covers:

  • School education
  • Nursery
  • Primary
  • Secondary
  • Further education (FE)
  • Colleges
  • Higher education (HE)
  • Universities

Education jobs UK

There are over 25,000 schools in England and Wales teaching over 8 million pupils and the education sector as a whole employs almost 600,000 teachers, lecturers and support staff.

Most of the roles available in the education sector involve some form of teaching or lecturing, however there are also many support roles available in areas such as finance, administration and ICT.

What’s it like to work in the education sector?

Teaching and working with pupils and/or students can be very rewarding but also extremely challenging. From inner-city state schools to privately run boarding schools, the range of educational establishments you can teach in is very wide and therefore so is the teaching experience.

Many teachers get great satisfaction from teaching subjects they are passionate about to keen pupils and students but issues such as class discipline and heavy workloads can be extremely stressful.

Although teaching and lecturing can offer flexibility and more holidays than most jobs, there is also a lot of preparation and marking that goes on after school and during holidays.

What sort of qualifications do you need?

To do teacher training or become a primary school teacher, you need a degree in a relevant subject and a minimum of grades A* to C at GCSE in English, maths and a science subject. Applicants would also be expected to show a sound knowledge of all subjects in the National Curriculum to at least a basic level.

To become a secondary school teacher, you must also have a degree that is relevant to the subject you want to teach.

The main route into teaching is through a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) which is normally a one year course that combines academic learning and practical teacher training in a school, although there are also schemes available that are completely school based and allow you to keep earning while you train to become a teacher.

What’s the pay like?

Newly qualified teachers (NQT) start on a salary of at least £20,133 (£24,168 in London) and the basic salary scale can rise to as much as £34,281. Additional allowances are paid for teachers who take on management responsibilities and achieve exceptional performance. It is possible to work up to head teacher level where salaries can be over £100,000 pa.

How do I find jobs in the education sector?

Teaching vacancies are normally advertised in the local press, jobs websites such as and local authority bulletins. Jobs are often advertised nationally in the Times Educational Supplement and other broadsheet newspapers.

For more information on becoming a teacher, see the Training and Development Agency for Schools website.

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