Teaching and Classroom Support

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Do you want a rewarding and stimulating job where no two days are the same? Or would you like to see personal development in people and make a difference to their lives? If so, then you should definitely consider teaching or classroom support as a career.

There's no doubting though that teaching can also be an exhausting vocation at times. But, even if your students don’t seem to want to learn, you can be rest assured that your enthusiasm for a subject can sow seeds which can grow right through life! 

In 2016 there were 50,970 teachers in Scotland. Around 95% of Scottish schools are state schools, run by the 32 Scottish local authorities.

What areas can I work in?

There are many areas that you can work in the education sector: primary school teaching, secondary school teaching, learning support teaching and classroom support, private tutoring or teaching, and college or university lecturing.

What kind of companies can I work for?

Possible employers include: 

What’s the job market like?

The number of teachers in Scotland in 2016 was 50,970, an increase of 253 from 2015 and the Scottish Government is providing £3 million for an extra 371 places at Scotland's teacher education universities for 2017-18, indicating more demand for staff in the future.

The pupil teacher ratio (PTR) in primary schools decreased from 16.7 in 2015 to 16.6 in 2016, and for secondary and additional support schools the PTR remained the same as 2015 at 12.2 and 3.6 respectively.

Teaching vacancies are rising and in August 2016, at the start of the school year, there were more than 500 primary and secondary vacancies still to be filled. There are certain subjects that are more in demand than others: Physics, Maths, Computing, Chemistry, Home Economics and Technology.

The number of full time teaching and teaching support staff in Scottish colleges for the 2014-15 session was 6,453, a 3% increase on the 2013-14 figure. In Scottish universities, the number of academic staff for the 2015-16 session was 19,890, an increase of 640 on the 2014-15 figure.

There is work for teachers of English as a Foreign Language, in Scotland, elsewhere in the UK and abroad, as more people want to learn to speak English.

Facts and figures

In Scotland in 2016 there were:

Want to find out more?

You can find out more information about becoming a teacher at the Scottish government Teach in Scotland website. 


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Career Sectors

College or University Lecturing

Education Support

Primary School Teaching

Secondary School Teaching

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