Secondary school teacher


Secondary school teachers provide education to students, commonly children and young adults, in a secondary school setting. They are usually specialist subject teachers, who instruct in their own field of study. They prepare lesson plans and materials, monitor the students’ progress, assist individually when necessary, and evaluate the students’ knowledge and performance through assignments, tests and examinations.

Other titles

The following job titles also refer to secondary school teacher:

general studies teacher
academy teacher
physical education teacher
design & technology teacher
secondary school head of department
academy school teacher
grammar school teacher
history teacher
secondary school educator
art teacher
geography teacher
secondary school teaching assistant
religious education teacher
science teacher
home economics teacher
language teacher
comprehensive school teacher
secondary school schoolteacher
maths teacher

Minimum qualifications

Bachelor’s degree is generally required to work as secondary school teacher. However, this requirement may differ in some countries.

ISCO skill level

ISCO skill level is defined as a function of the complexity and range of tasks and duties to be performed in an occupation. It is measured on a scale from 1 to 4, with 1 the lowest level and 4 the highest, by considering:

  • the nature of the work performed in an occupation in relation to the characteristic tasks and duties
  • the level of formal education required for competent performance of the tasks and duties involved and
  • the amount of informal on-the-job training and/or previous experience in a related occupation required for competent performance of these tasks and duties.

Secondary school teacher is a Skill level 4 occupation.

Secondary school teacher career path

Similar occupations

These occupations, although different, require a lot of knowledge and skills similar to secondary school teacher.

art teacher secondary school
biology teacher secondary school
business studies and economics teacher secondary school
chemistry teacher secondary school
classical languages teacher secondary school

Long term prospects

These occupations require some skills and knowledge of secondary school teacher. They also require other skills and knowledge, but at a higher ISCO skill level, meaning these occupations are accessible from a position of secondary school teacher with a significant experience and/or extensive training.

Essential knowledge and skills

Essential knowledge

This knowledge should be acquired through learning to fulfill the role of secondary school teacher.

Learning difficulties: The learning disorders some students face in an academic context, especially Specific Learning Difficulties such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, and concentration deficit disorders.
Post-secondary school procedures: The inner workings of a post-secondary school, such as the structure of the relevant education support and management, the policies, and the regulations.
Curriculum objectives: The goals identified in curricula and defined learning outcomes.

Essential skills and competences

These skills are necessary for the role of secondary school teacher.

Guarantee students’ safety: Ensure all students falling under an instructor or other person’s supervision are safe and accounted for. Follow safety precautions in the learning situation.
Assign homework: Provide additional exercises and assignments that the students will prepare at home, explain them in a clear way, and determine the deadline and evaluation method.
Monitor student’s behaviour: Supervise the student’s social behaviour to discover anything unusual. Help solve any issues if necessary.
Prepare lesson content: Prepare content to be taught in class in accordance with curriculum objectives by drafting exercises, researching up-to-date examples etc.
Monitor developments in field of expertise: Keep up with new research, regulations, and other significant changes, labour market related or otherwise, occurring within the field of specialisation.
Compile course material: Write, select or recommend a syllabus of learning material for the students enrolled in the course.
Observe student’s progress: Follow up on students’ learning progress and assess their achievements and needs.
Liaise with educational support staff: Communicate with education management, such as the school principal and board members, and with the education support team such as the teaching assistant, school counsellor or academic advisor on issues relating the students’ well-being.
Manage student relationships: Manage the relations between students and between student and teacher. Act as a just authority and create an environment of trust and stability.
Adapt teaching to student’s capabilities: Identify the learning struggles and successes of students. Select teaching and learning strategies that support students’ individual learning needs and goals.
Apply teaching strategies: Employ various approaches, learning styles, and channels to instruct students, such as communicating content in terms they can understand, organising talking points for clarity, and repeating arguments when necessary. Use a wide range of teaching devices and methodologies appropriate to the class content, the learners’ level, goals, and priorities.
Maintain students’ discipline: Make sure students follow the rules and code of behaviour established in the school and take the appropriate measures in case of violation or misbehaviour.
Assess students: Evaluate the students’ (academic) progress, achievements, course knowledge and skills through assignments, tests, and examinations. Diagnose their needs and track their progress, strengths, and weaknesses. Formulate a summative statement of the goals the student achieved.
Demonstrate when teaching: Present to others examples of your experience, skills, and competences that are appropriate to specific learning content to help students in their learning.
Give constructive feedback: Provide founded feedback through both criticism and praise in a respectful, clear, and consistent manner. Highlight achievements as well as mistakes and set up methods of formative assessment to evaluate work.
Perform classroom management: Maintain discipline and engage students during instruction.
Secondary school procedures: The inner workings of a secondary school, such as the structure of the relevant education support and management, the policies, and the regulations.
Assist students in their learning: Support and coach students in their work, give learners practical support and encouragement.
Apply intercultural teaching strategies: Ensure that the content, methods, materials and the general learning experience is inclusive for all students and takes into account the expectations and experiences of learners from diverse cultural backgrounds. Explore individual and social stereotypes and develop cross-cultural teaching strategies.
Liaise with educational staff: Communicate with the school staff such as teachers, teaching assistants, academic advisors, and the principal on issues relating to students’ well-being. In the context of a university, liaise with the technical and research staff to discuss research projects and courses-related matters.
Develop course outline: Research and establish an outline of the course to be taught and calculate a time frame for the instructional plan in accordance with school regulations and curriculum objectives.

Optional knowledge and skills

Optional knowledge

This knowledge is sometimes, but not always, required for the role of secondary school teacher. However, mastering this knowledge allows you to have more opportunities for career development.

Sport and exercise medicine: Prevention and treatement of injuries or conditions resulted from a physical activity or sport.
Business management principles: Principles governing business management methods such as strategy planning, methods of efficient production, people and resources coordination.
Literature: The body of artistic writing characterized by beauty of expression, form, and universality of intellectual and emotional appeal.
Microbiology-bacteriology: Microbiology-Bacteriology is a medical specialty mentioned in the EU Directive 2005/36/EC.
Geographic areas: Know the geographic area in detail; know where different organisations carry out operations.
History of theology: The study of the development and evolution of theology throughout history.
Religious studies: Study of religious behaviour, beliefs, and institutions from a secular point of view and based on methodologies from various fields such as anthropology, sociology, and philosophy.
Fine arts: The theory and techniques required to compose, produce and perform works of visual arts as drawing, painting, sculpture and other art forms.
Classical languages: All dead languages, no longer actively used, originating from various periods in history, such as Latin from Antiquity, Middle English from the Middle Ages, Classical Maya from the Pre-colonial Americas, and Renaissance Italian from the Early Modern Period.
Biological chemistry: Biological chemistry is a medical specialty mentioned in the EU Directive 2005/36/EC.
Biomechanics of sport performance: Have theoretical and experiential awareness of how the body works, biomechanical aspects of sport practice, typical movements, and terminology of technical movements to be able to process input from your artistic discipline.
Acoustics: The study of sound, its reflection, amplification and absorption in a space.
Logic: The study and use of accurate reasoning, where the legitimacy of arguments is measured by their logical form and not by content.
Musical instruments: The different musical instruments, their ranges, timbre, and possible combinations.
Botany: The taxonomy or classification of plant life, phylogeny and evolution, anatomy and morphology, and physiology.
History: The discipline that studies, analyses, and presents the events of the past related to humans.
Cartography: The study of interpreting the elements depicted in maps, the measures and technical specifications. 
Computer history: The history of computer development framed in a digitising society.
Modern languages: All human languages still actively used today.
Assessment processes: Various evaluation techniques, theories, and tools applicable in the assessment of students, participants in a programme, and employees. Different assessment strategies such as initial, formative, summative and self- assessment are used for varying purposes.
Business law: The field of law concerned with the trade and commerce activities of businesses and private persons and their legal interactions. This relates to numerous legal disciplines, including tax and employment law.
Ict hardware specifications: The characteristics, uses and operations of various hardware products such as printers, screens, and laptops.
Literary theory: The different genres of literature and the way they fit into specific scenes.
Geographic information systems: The tools involved in geographical mapping and positioning, such as GPS (global positioning systems), GIS (geographical information systems), and RS (remote sensing).
Politics: The method, process and study of influencing people, gaining control over a community or society, and the distribution of power within a community and between societies.
Children’s physical development: Recognise and describe the development, observing the following criteria: weight, length, and head size, nutritional requirements, renal function, hormonal influences on development, response to stress, and infection.
Mathematics: Mathematics is the study of topics such as quantity, structure, space, and change. It involves the identification of patterns and formulating new conjectures based on them. Mathematicians strive to prove the truth or falsity of these conjectures. There are many fields of mathematics, some of which are widely used for practical applications.
Adolescent socialisation behaviour: The social dynamics through which young adults live amongst each other, expressing their likes and dislikes and the rules of communication between generations.
History of literature: The historical evolution of forms of writing that are meant to entertain, educate or to give instructions to the audience, such as fictional prose and poems. The techniques used to communicate these writings and the historical context in which they were written.
Political ideologies: The various political ideologies that represent a set of ethical ideas, principles, symbols, myths and doctrines, followed by individuals, groups, classes or institutions and offer an explanation on how a society should work.
Musical genres: Different musical styles and genres such as blues, jazz, reggae, rock, or indie.
Genetics: The study of heredity, genes and variations in living organisms. Genetic science seeks to understand the process of trait inheritance from parents to offspring and the structure and behaviour of genes in living beings.
Sports nutrition: Nutritional information such as vitamins and energy pills related to a specific sporting activity.
Source criticism: Process of classifying various informational sources into different categories such as historical and non-historical, or primary and secondary, and evaluating those sources on the basis of their content, material features, authors etc.
E-learning: The strategies and didactical methods of learning in which the main elements include the use of ICT technologies.
Sporting equipment usage: Have knowledge of the correct operation and maintenance of sporting equipment.
Breathing techniques: The various techniques to control the voice, body, and nerves by breathing.
History of philosophy: The study of the development and evolution of philosophers, philosophical concepts, and ideas throughout history.
Musical notation: The systems used to visually represent music through the use of written symbols, including ancient or modern musical symbols.
Physics: The natural science involving the study of matter, motion, energy, force and related notions.
Disability types: The nature and types of disabilities affecting the human beings such as physical, cognitive, mental, sensory, emotional or developmental and the specific needs and access requirements of disabled people.
Art history: The history of art and artists, the artistic trends throughout centuries and their contemporary evolutions.
Types of paint: Varieties of paint and chemicals used in their composition.
Sport history: The background history of players and athletes and the history of sport events and games.
Ict communications protocols: The system of rules which allow the exchange of information between computers or other devices via computer networks.
Chemical processes: The relevant chemical processes used in manufacture, such as purification, seperation, emulgation and dispergation processing.
Evolutionary biology: The study of evolutionary processes from which the diversity of Earth’s life forms originated. Evolutionary biology is a subdiscipline of biology and studies Earth’s life forms from the origin of life to the dawn of new species.
Acting techniques: The different acting techniques for developing lifelike performances, such as method acting, classical acting, and Meisner technique.
Historic architecture: The techniques and styles of various periods in history from an architectural standpoint.
Ethnolinguistics: The field of linguistics that studies the relation between a language and the culture of the people who speak it.
Computer science: The scientific and practical study that deals with the foundations of information and computation, namely algorithms, data structures, programming, and data architecture. It deals with the practicability, structure and mechanisation of the methodical procedures that manage the acquisition, processing, and access to information.
Types of literature genres: The different literary genres in the history of literature, their technique, tone, content and length.
Geographical routes: The interpretation of geographical information such as locations and distances between them.
Morality: The principles and beliefs derived from a code of conduct, accepted by a large group of people, that make the distinction between what is right and wrong behaviour.
Vocal techniques: The various techniques for using your voice correctly without exhausting or damaging it when changing voice in tone and volume.
Statistics: The study of statistical theory, methods and practices such as collection, organisation, analysis, interpretation and presentation of data. It deals with all aspects of data including the planning of data collection in terms of the design of surveys and experiments in order to forecast and plan work-related activities.
Sports competition information: The information regarding latest results, competitions and events in the sporting industry.
Graphic design: The techniques to create a visual representation of ideas and messages.
Linguistics: The scientific study of language and its three aspects, language form, language meaning, and language in context.
Laboratory techniques: Techniques applied in the different fields of natural science in order to obtain experimental data such as gravimetric analysis, gas chromatography, electronic or thermic methods.
Thermodynamics: The branch of physics that deals with the relationships between heat and other forms of energy..
Sociology: The group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
Economics: Economic principles and practices, financial and commodity markets, banking and the analysis of financial data.
Language teaching methods: The techniques used to teach students a foreign language, such as audio-lingual, communicative language teaching (CLT), and immersion.
Geology: Solid earth, rock types, structures and the processes by which they are altered.
Pronunciation techniques: The pronunciation techniques to properly and understandably pronounce words.
Molecular biology: The interactions between the various systems of a cell, the interactions between the different types of genetic material and how these interactions are regulated.
Human-computer interaction: The study of the behaviour and interaction between digital devices and human beings.
Writing techniques: The different techniques to write a story such as the descriptive, persuasive, first person and other techniques.
Biology: Tissues, cells, and functions of plant and animal organisms and their interdependencies and interactions with each other and the environment.
Metaphysics: The philosophical study that is concerned with uncovering and explaining the first principles of things and the fundamental ideas by which people classify the world such as being, time and objects.
Philosophy: The different philosophical systems, their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices and their impact on human culture.
Classical antiquity: The period in history marked by ancient Greek and ancient Roman cultures, before the Middle Ages.
Ict software specifications: The characteristics, use and operations of various software products such as computer programmes and application software.
Business processes: Processes which an organisation applies to improve efficiency, set new objectives and reach goals in a profitable and timely manner.
Human anatomy: The dynamic relationship of human structure and function and the muscosceletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, endocrine, urinary, reproductive, integumentary and nervous systems; normal and altered anatomy and physiology throughout the human lifespan.
Applied zoology: The science of applying animal anatomy, physiology, ecology, and behaviour in a particular practical context.
Pedagogy: The discipline that concerns the theory and practice of education including the various instructional methods for educating individuals or groups.
Ecology: The study of how organisms interact and their relation to the ambient environment.
Rhetoric: The art of discourse that aims at improving the ability of writers and speakers to inform, persuade or motivate their audience.
History of musical instruments: The historical background and chronology of various musical instruments.
Local geography: The range of physical and geographical properties and descriptions of a local area, by street names and not only.
Sport games rules: The rules and regulations of sport games such as football, soccer, tennis, and others.
Toxicology: The negative effects of chemicals on living organisms, their dose and exposure.
Sporting events: Possess an understanding of different sporting events and conditions that can affect a result.
Business strategy concepts: The terminology related to the design and implementation of major trends and aims which are taken by an organisation’s executives, while keeping in mind its resources, competition and environments.
Theology: The study of systematically and rationally understanding, explaining, and criticising religious ideas, concepts, and all things divine.
Music literature: Literature about music theory, specific music styles, periods, composers or musicians, or specific pieces. This includes a variety of materials such as magazines, journals, books and academic literature.
Philosophical schools of thought: The various sets of philosophical ideas and styles throughout history up to the present such as Calvinism, hedonism and Kantianism.
Literary techniques: The various approaches an author can use to enhance their writing and produce a specific effect; this can be the choice of a specific genre or the use of metaphors, allusions, and word play.
Chemistry: The composition, structure, and properties of substances and the processes and transformations that they undergo; the uses of different chemicals and their interactions, production techniques, risk factors, and disposal methods.
Historical methods: The methods, techniques, and guidelines that historians follow when researching the past and writing history, such as the use of primary sources.
Ethics: The philosophical study that deals with solving questions of human morality; it defines and systemises concepts such as right, wrong, and crime.
Office software: The characteristics and functioning of software programs for office tasks such as word processing, spreadsheets, presentation, email and database.
Geography: The scientific discipline that studies the land, phenomena, characteristics and inhabitants of Earth. This field seeks to understand the natural and man-made complexities of Earth.
Climatology: The scientific field of study that deals with researching average weather conditions over a specified period of time and how they affected nature on Earth.
Musical theory: The body of interrelated concepts that constitutes the theoretical background of music.
Periodisation: The categorisation of the past into defined blocks of time, called time periods, in order to make researching history easier.
Cultural history: Field that combines historical and anthropological approaches for recording and studying past customs, arts, and manners of a group of people taking into account their political, cultural, and social milieu.
Commercial law: The legal regulations that govern a specific commercial activity.
Corporate law: The legal rules that govern how corporate stakeholders (such as shareholders, employees, directors, consumers, etc) interact with one another, and the responsibilities corporations have to their stakeholders.
Computer technology: Computers, computer networks and other information technologies and equipment that can store, retrieve, transmit and manipulate data.
Laboratory-based sciences: Laboratory based sciences such as biology, chemistry, physics, integrated science or advanced laboratory science.
Copyright legislation: Legislation describing the protection of the rights of original authors over their work, and how others can use it.
Features of sporting equipment: Types of sporting, fitness and recreational equipment and sporting supplies and their characteristics.
Financial jurisdiction: Financial rules and procedures applicable to a certain location, whose regulatory bodies decide on its jurisdiction
Movement techniques: The various types of movement and physical postures undertaken for relaxation, body-mind integration, stress reduction, flexibility, core support and rehabilitation purposes, and that are required for or underpin occupational performance.
Astronomy: The field of science that studies the physics, chemistry, and evolution of celestial objects such as stars, comets, and moons. It also examines phenomena that happen outside Earth’s atmosphere such as solar storms, cosmic microwave background radiation, and gamma ray bursts.

Optional skills and competences

These skills and competences are sometimes, but not always, required for the role of secondary school teacher. However, mastering these skills and competences allows you to have more opportunities for career development.

Organise rehearsals: Manage, schedule and run rehearsals for the performance.
Cooperate with education professionals: Communicate with teachers or other professionals working in education in order to identify needs and areas of improvement in education systems, and to establish a collaborative relationship.
Teach principles of literature: Instruct students in the theory and practice of literature, more specifically in reading and writing techniques, etymology and literary analysis.
Assist in the organisation of school events: Provide assistance in the planning and organisation of school events, such as the school’s open house day, a sports game or a talent show.
Perform laboratory tests: Carry out tests in a laboratory to produce reliable and precise data to support scientific research and product testing.
Identify learning disorders: Observe and detect symptoms of Specific Learning Difficulties such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), dyscalculia, and dysgraphia in children or adult learners. Refer the student to the correct specialised educational expert if necessary.
Teach arts principles: Instruct students in the theory and practice of arts and crafts and the fine arts, whether recreationally, as part of their general education, or with the aim of assisting them in pursuing a future career in this field. Offer instruction in courses such as drawing, painting, sculpting and ceramics.
Personalise sports programme: Observe and evaluate individual performance and determine personal needs and motivation to tailor programmes accordingly and in conjunction with the participant
Consult student’s support system: Communicate with multiple parties, including teachers and the family of the student, to discuss the student’s behaviour or academic performance.
Employ pedagogic strategies to facilitate creative engagement: Communicate to others on devising and facilitating creative processes through the use of a range of tasks and activities appropriate to the target group.
Develop a coaching style: Develop a style for coaching individuals or groups that ensures all participants are at ease, and are able to acquire the necessary skills and competences provided in the coaching in a positive and productive manner.
Facilitate teamwork between students: Encourage students to cooperate with others in their learning by working in teams, for example through group activities.
Analyse theatre texts: Understand and analyse theatre texts; take an active part in the interpretation of the artistic project; conduct thorough personal research in textual material and dramaturgy.
Teach chemistry: Instruct students in the theory and practice of chemistry, more specifically in biochemistry, chemical laws, analytical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, nuclear chemistry, and theoretical chemistry.
Teach religious studies class: Instruct students in the theory and practice of religious studies, more specifically in critical analysis applied to ethics, various religious principles, religious texts, religious cultural history, and different traditions of various religions.
Improvise music: Improvise music during live performances.
Teach business principles: Instruct students in the theory and practice of business practices and principles, and more specifically business analysis processes, ethical principles, budget and strategy planning, people and resource coordination.
Recognise indicators of gifted student: Observe students during instruction and identify signs of exceptionally high intelligence in a student, such as showing remarkable intellectual curiosity or showing restlessness due to boredom and or feelings of not being challenged.
Teach physics: Instruct students in the theory and practice of physics, and more specifically in topics such as the characteristics of matter, creating energy, and aerodynamics.
Speak different languages: Master foreign languages to be able to communicate in one or more foreign languages.
Identify talent in sport: Identify talents and involve them in a particular sport.
Execute analytical mathematical calculations: Apply mathematical methods and make use of calculation technologies in order to perform analyses and devise solutions to specific problems.
Escort students on a field trip: Accompany students on an educational trip outside the school environment and ensure their safety and cooperation.
Supervise music groups: Direct music groups, individual musicians or complete orchestras at rehearsals and during live or studio performances, in order to improve the overall tonal and harmonic balance, dynamics, rhythm, and tempo.
Maintain musical instruments: Check and maintain musical instruments.
Teach biology: Instruct students in the theory and practice of biology, more specifically in biochemistry, molecular biology, cellular biology, genetics, developmental biology, haematology, nanobiology, and zoology.
Arrange parent teacher conference: Set up joined and individual meetings with students’ parents to discuss their child’s academic progress and general well-being.
Use artistic materials for drawing: Use artistic materials such as paint, paintbrushes, ink, watercolours, charcoal, oil, or computer software to create artwork.
Develop competitive strategies in sport: Create adequate competitive strategies to maximise chances of success in sport.
Select artistic materials to create artworks: Select artistic materials based on strength, colour, texture, balance, weight, size, and other characteristics that should guarantee the feasibility of the artistic creation regarding the expected shape, color, etc. – even thought the result might vary from it. Artistic materials such as paint, ink, water colours, charcoal, oil, or computer software can be used as much as garbage, living products (fruits, etc) and any kind of material depending on the creative project.
Supervise spoken language learning: Conduct active, foreign language learning classes focused on speaking and evaluate students on their progress regarding pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar through oral tests and assignments.
Provide learning support: Provide the necessary support to students with general learning difficulties in literacy and numeracy to facilitate learning by assessing the learner’s development needs and preferences. Design formal and informal outcomes of learning and deliver materials that facilitate learning and development.
Teach philosophy: Instruct students in the theory and practice of philosophy, and more specifically in topics such as morality, philosophers throughout history, and philosophical ideologies.
Monitor educational developments: Monitor the changes in educational policies, methodologies and research by reviewing relevant literature and liaising with education officials and institutions.
Orchestrate music: Assign lines of music to different musical instruments and/or voices to be played together.
Provide health education: Provide evidence based strategies to promote healthy living, disease prevention and management.
Prepare youths for adulthood: Work with children and young people to identify the skills and abilities they will need to become effective citizens and adults and to prepare them for independence.
Adapt a script: Adapt a script and, if the play is newly written, work with the writer or collaborate with playwrights.
Plan sports instruction programme: Provide participants with an appropriate programme of activities to support progression to the required level of expertise in the specified time taking into account relevant scientific and sport-specific knowledge.
Monitor art scene developments: Monitor artistic events, trends, and other developments. Read recent art publications in order to develop ideas and to keep in touch with relevant art world activities.
Teach mathematics: Instruct students in the theory and practice of quantities, structures, shapes, patterns, and geometry.
Perform ict troubleshooting: Identify problems with servers, desktops, printers, networks, and remote access, and perform actions which solve the problems.
Assist students with equipment: Provide assistance to students when working with (technical) equipment used in practice-based lessons and solve operational problems when necessary.
Teach history: Instruct students in the theory and practice of history and historical research, and more specifically in topics such as history of the Middle Ages, research methods, and source criticism.
Lead cast and crew: Lead a film or theatre cast and crew. Brief them about the creative vision, what they need to do and where they need to be. Manage day-to-day production activities to ensure things run smoothly.
Manage resources for educational purposes: Identify the necessary resources needed for learning purposes, such as materials in class or arranged transportation for a field trip. Apply for the corresponding budget and follow up on the orders.
Play musical instruments: Manipulate purpose-built or improvised instruments to produce musical sounds.
Teach music principles: Instruct students in the theory and practice of music, whether recreationally, as part of their general education, or with the aim of assisting them in pursuing a future career in this field. Offer corrections while instructing them in courses such as the history of music, reading music scores, and playing a musical instrument (including voice) of specialisation.
Organise training: Make the necessary preparations to conduct a training session. Provide equipment, supplies and exercise materials. Ensure the training runs smoothly.
Supervise laboratory operations: Supervise the staff working in a laboratory, as well as oversee that equipment is functional and maintained, and procedures occur in compliance with regulations and legislation.
Demonstrate a technical foundation in musical instruments: Demonstrate an appropriate foundation on the technical workings and terminology of musical instruments such as voice, piano, guitar, and percussion.
Analyse a script: Break down a script by analysing the dramaturgy, form, themes and structure of a script. Conduct relevant research if necessary.
Define performance concepts: Elucidate performance concepts, such as texts and scores for performers.
Maintain safe working conditions in performing arts: Verify the technical aspects of your workspace, costumes, props, etc. Eliminate potential hazards in your work space or performance. Intervene actively in cases of accidents or illness.
Promote balance between rest and activity: Provide information about the role of rest and regeneration in the development of sport performance. Foster rest and regeneration by providing appropriate ratios of training, competition and rest.
Use painting techniques: Apply painting techniques such as ‘trompe l’oeil’, ‘faux finishing’ and aging techniques.
Keep records of attendance: Keep track of the pupils who are absent by recording their names on a list of absentees.
Teach languages: Instruct students in the theory and practice of a language. Use a wide range of teaching and learning techniques to promote proficiency in reading, writing, listening, and speaking in that language.
Apply risk management in sports: Manage the environment and athletes or participants to minimise their chances of suffering any harm. This includes checking appropriateness of venue and equipment and gathering relevant sport and health history from athletes or participants. It also includes ensuring appropriate insurance cover is in place at all times
Follow trends in sporting equipment: Follow material developments and trends within a specific sport. Keep up-to-date about athletes, gear and equipment manufacturers.
Perform playground surveillance: Observe students’ recreational activities to ensure student safety and well-being and intervene when necessary.
Develop digital educational materials: Create resources and instructional materials (e-learning, educational video and audio material, educational prezi) using digital technologies to transfer insight and awareness in order to improve learners’ expertise.
Work with virtual learning environments: Incorporate the use of online learning environments and platforms into the process of instruction.
Teach computer science: Instruct students in the theory and practice of computer science, more specifically in the development of software systems, programming languages, artificial intelligence, and software security.
Identify cross-curricular links with other subject areas: Recognise correlations and overlaps between your subject of expertise and other subjects. Decide on a levelled approach to the material with the teacher of the associated subject and adjust lesson plans accordingly.
Teach geography: Instruct students in the theory and practice of the subject geography, and more specifically in topics such as volcanic activity, the solar system, and population.
Supervise craft production: Fabricate/prepare patterns or templates to guide the crafting production process.
Maintain computer hardware: Diagnose and detect malfunctions in computer hardware components and systems and remove, replace, or repair these components when necessary. Execute preventative equipment maintenance tasks, such as storing hardware components in clean, dust free, and non-humid spaces.
Teach digital literacy: Instruct students in the theory and practice of (basic) digital and computer competency, such as typing efficiently, working with basic online technologies, and checking email. This also includes coaching students in the proper use of computer hardware equipment and software programmes.
Teach astronomy: Instruct students in the theory and practice of astronomy, and more specifically in topics such as celestial bodies, gravity, and solar storms.
Create script for artistic production: Develop a script describing the scenes, actions, equipment, content and realisation means for a play, film or broadcast.
Stimulate creativity in the team: Use techniques like brainstorming to stimulate creativity in the team.
Provide lesson materials: Ensure that the necessary materials for teaching a class, such as visual aids, are prepared, up-to-date, and present in the instruction space.
Read musical score: Read the musical score during rehearsal and live performance.
Gather reference materials for artwork: Gather samples of the materials you expect to use in the creation process, especially if the desired piece of art necessitates the intervention of qualified workers or specific production processes.
Instruct in sport: Provide appropriate technical and tactical instruction related to the given sport using varied and sound pedagogical approaches to meet the needs of the participants and achieve the desired objectives. This requires skills such as communication, explanation, demonstration, modelling, feedback, questioning and correction.
Conduct background research for plays: Research historical backgrounds and artistic concepts of plays.
Oversee extra-curricular activities: Supervise and potentially organise educational or recreational activities for the students outside of mandatory classes.
Teach economic principles: Instruct students in the theory and practice of economics and economic research, and more specifically in topics such as production, distribution, financial markets, economic models, macroeconomics, and microeconomics.
Motivate in sports: Positively foster athletes and participants’ intrinsic desire to carry out the required tasks to fulfill their goals and to push themselves beyond their current levels of skill and understanding.
Ensure visual quality of the set: Inspect and amend the scenery and set-dressing to make sure the visual quality is optimal with in constraints of time, budget and manpower.
Use it tools: Application of computers, computer networks and other information technologies and equipment to storing, retrieving, transmitting and manipulating data, in the context of a business or enterprise.

ISCO group and title

2330 – Secondary education teachers





  1. Secondary school teacher – ESCO
Last updated on August 8, 2022

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