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 2017 there were 51,513 teachers in Scotland, an increase of 543 from the previous year. 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?

Teaching vacancies are rising and in August 2017, at the start of the school year, there were close to 700 primary and secondary vacancies still to be filled, an increase from 500 the previous year. There are certain subjects that are more in demand than others: English, Maths, Chemistry, Computing, Home Economics, Physics and Technology.

The pupil teacher ratio (PTR) in schools overall decreased from 13.7 in 2016 to 13.6 in 2017.

Between the 2013-14 and 2015-16 academic sessions, the number of full time teaching staff at Scotland’s colleges increased by 317 (5%). In Scottish universities, the number of academic staff for the 2016-17 session was 20,235, an increase of 345 on the 2015-16 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 2017 there were:

At Scottish HE institutions in 2017, 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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