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 2018 there were 51,959 teachers in Scotland, an increase of 446 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?

Although the number of teachers working in Scottish schools increased by 446 from 2017, there continues to be a shortage, particularly in the following subjects: English, Maths, Chemistry, Gaelic, Home Economics, Physics and Technology. The Scottish Government, in conjunction with universities that provide Initial Teacher Education (ITE), have accredited 12 new routes into teaching to try and encourage more people into the profession.

The pupil teacher ratio (PTR) in schools overall stayed the same in 2018 as in 2017 at 13.6.

Between the 2015-16 and 2017-18 academic sessions, the number of full time teaching staff at Scotland’s colleges decreased by 56 (0.8%). In Scottish universities, the number of academic staff for the 2017-18 session was 2,840, an increase of 2,605 on the 2016-17 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 2018 there were:

At Scottish FE institutions in 2018:

At Scottish HE institutions in 2018:

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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