Secondary School Teacher Kaiako Kura Tuarua

Secondary school teachers plan, prepare and teach one or more subjects to students of about 13 to 18 years of age.

Secondary school teachers may do some or all of the following:

  • plan, prepare and present lessons
  • set and mark assignments and tests
  • assess students' work for national qualifications
  • keep records and write reports on students
  • observe and manage student behaviour in the classroom and other environments such as the gym and sports fields
  • attend departmental and staff meetings
  • meet with parents, whānau or caregivers, individually or at parents' evenings
  • participate in or organise extracurricular activities such as sport, camp or drama
  • keep up to date with curriculum changes and assessment methods.

Special Education Teacher

To become a special education teacher you need to have two years or more of secondary school teaching experience, full teacher registration, and you must complete a postgraduate qualification in the area of special education you wish to teach in.

Physical Requirements

Secondary school teachers need to be fit enough to cope with standing for a long time. Physical education teachers and sports coachs need to have a good level of fitness and health.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for secondary school teachers includes:

  • counselling experience
  • tutoring or coaching work
  • work with people with disabilities
  • work as a youth group leader
  • work as a teacher aide.

Personal Qualities

Secondary school teachers need to be:

  • skilled at communicating clearly with students and adults from a range of backgrounds and cultures
  • organised, and good at solving problems
  • understanding, tolerant and good at listening
  • positive, open-minded and able to motivate young people
  • able to work well under pressure
  • firm and fair, with a sense of humour
  • able to work well in a team.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for secondary school teachers includes:

  • counselling experience
  • tutoring or coaching work
  • work with people with disabilities
  • work as a youth group leader
  • work as a teacher aide.

Secondary School Teachers can earn around $47K per year per year.

Secondary school teachers may move into management roles, such as head of department, dean or principal, or progress into work such as:

  • teaching trainee teachers in universities
  • doing research, policy or advisory work in the education sector
  • working in training and education roles in a museum or art gallery.

Secondary school teacher specialisations

Secondary school teachers may specialise in one or more subject areas including:

  • arts
  • English
  • English as a second language
  • health and physical education
  • humanities (economics, history, social studies)
  • kaiwhakaako Māori
  • languages
  • mathematics
  • science
  • technology.

With further training, secondary school teachers may progress to become special education teachers.

Secondary School Teacher