Teachers may use creativity, humour and imagination to develop lesson plans in order to foster a healthy culture of learning within the classroom and to generate the most effective interactions with pupils. Teachers encourage, monitor and record the progress of individual pupils, and devise and tailor resources accordingly. They must also keep up to date with developments in their subject area, new resources, methods and national objectives.

Typical work activities include:

  • Planning, preparing and delivering lessons to a range of classes including putting up displays in the classroom
  • Marking work, giving appropriate feedback and maintaining records of pupils' progress and development
  • Researching new topic areas, maintaining up-to-date subject knowledge and then devising and writing new curriculum materials
  • Selecting and using a range of different learning resources and equipment
  • Undertaking pastoral duties, such as taking on the role of form tutor, and supporting pupils on an individual basis through academic or personal difficulties

Unless your first degree gives you 'qualified teacher status', 'teaching qualification' or 'eligibility to teach', you will need further training - find out more

If you want to study teaching in Northern Ireland, there are two possible routes:

The concurrent route: This means that you will go straight from school to one of the University Colleges (St. Mary's or Stranmillis) and follow a course involving the concurrent study of a subject and also professional preparation. This leads to an Honours degree: the degree of Bachelor of Education (BEd).

The consecutive route: This means that you will come to the University and take a degree other than Education, transferring on graduation to the one-year postgraduate training course in Queen's School of Education. See STEM subjects below.

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STEM Subjects    

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