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Teacher - Secondary School - Modern Foreign Languages

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Modern languages teachers prepare and give lessons in one or more (usually two) modern foreign languages: Cantonese, French, German, Italian, Mandarin, Spanish or Urdu. They work to guidelines set up by the Curriculum of Excellence and prepare pupils, aged 11 to 18, for national exams.

The Work

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Pay

Teachers in Scotland are paid on a national salary scale. The starting annual salary for a probationer teacher is £22,866.

If you do your probationary period on the Teacher Induction Scheme, and are prepared to work anywhere in Scotland during that probationary year, you can also apply for the Preference Waiver Payment. For secondary school teachers, the payment is £8,000 before tax and national insurance.

After your probationary year, your salary will increase to £27,438 and increase an increment each year up to £36,480.

If you teach in a remote school or on certain islands you may get an additional allowance. £1,941 for a distance island and £1,371 or £2,574 for a remote school.

Where a teacher is employed in a remote school on a distant island both the remote schools allowance and the distant islands allowance are paid, in addition to the teacher’s normal salary.

A principal teacher can earn up to £51,330, while the scale for depute head teachers and head teachers ranges from £45,111 to £88,056, depending on the size of school.

Salaries in independent schools may differ slightly.

Conditions

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Getting In

To become a secondary school teacher of modern foreign languages, you must have a degree in one or two modern languages plus a Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) OR a degree in Professional Education (Secondary) and French or French and Spanish from the University of Stirling. Where possible you should be able to offer more than one language.

Your degree

PGDE

You would require a satisfactory PVG (Protecting Vulnerable Groups) check to show you are suitable for this type of work. Contact Disclosure Scotland for details.

Newly qualified teachers who want to teach in local council schools must complete a probationary period to demonstrate that they meet the Standard for Full Registration of the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTC Scotland). Those who wish to teach in independent schools may also require to be registered.

You are guaranteed a teaching post with a Scottish local authority for a full school year to complete this probationary period.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
24004
0.5 %
FALL
2023
23889
  United Kingdom
2018
346069
1 %
RISE
2023
349668

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What Does it Take?

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You need to be able to:

Training

Getting On

More Information

Most teachers work in local authority schools but there are also jobs in independent schools, British schools abroad, such as schools for the children of British armed services and in private tuition.

Job vacancies are normally advertised on local authority websites or look on the myjobscotland website.

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Association for Language Learning
Tel: 0116 478 8200
E-mail: info@all-languages.org.uk
Website: http://www.all-languages.org.uk
Twitter: @ALL4language
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alllanguages.org.uk

Education Scotland (HQ)
Tel: 0131 244 4330
E-mail: enquiries@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk
Website: https://education.gov.scot/
Twitter: @EducationScot

General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTC Scotland)
Tel: 0131 314 6000
E-mail: gtcs@gtcs.org.uk
Website: http://www.gtcs.org.uk/
Twitter: @gtcs

For information on registration as a teacher.

Teach in Scotland
Tel: 0845 345 4745
E-mail: info@teachinscotland.scot
Website: http://teachinscotland.scot

University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)
Tel: 0371 468 0 468
Website: http://www.ucas.com
Twitter: @ucas_online
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ucasonline

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