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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 doubt that teaching can be an exhausting vocation at times. But, even if your students don’t seem to want to learn, you can rest assured that your enthusiasm for a subject can sow the seeds which can grow throughout a student’s life!

The latest figures from 2020 report that there were 52,672 school teachers in Scotland (excluding early learning and child care centre teachers), compared to 51,449 in 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.

To see the routes to getting into each of these sectors, take a look at our Career Pathway.

What kind of companies can I work for?

Possible employers include: 

What’s the job market like?

According to the Scottish government, in 2020 there were 1,224 more teachers working in Scottish schools compared to the previous year – the biggest recorded annual increase since 1975. The pupil teacher ratio (PTR) in schools has overall decreased from 13.6% in 2019 to 13.3% in 2020. However, early learning and child care centre teacher numbers fell by 70 from 2019, to 729 in 2020.

Because there continues to be demand in subject areas such as Maths, Chemistry, Computing, and Physics, the Scottish Government, in conjunction with universities that provide Initial Teacher Education (ITE), accredited 12 new routes into teaching to try and encourage more people into the profession.

In Scotland’s colleges, employment figures have been relatively stable: in 2019-20, there were 5,520 lecturing staff and 5,434 support staff, of whom 69% of worked full time.

In Scottish universities, the total number of academic staff for the 2019-20 session was 24,250, an increase of 670 from the previous year.

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

Facts and figures

In Scotland in 2020 there were:

At Scottish FE institutions in 2020:

At Scottish HE institutions in 2020:

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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Courtesy of GTC Scotland

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