These are some of the strengths and characteristics you’ll need to get into teaching and find it fulfilling career.
Academic achievements. You’ll need a degree to become a qualified teacher. If you want to teach at secondary level, you need to be passionate and enthusiastic about your subject. If you want to teach primary school children, you’ll need to be capable of covering a broad range of subjects. In England, you need to pass skills tests in numeracy and literacy before you take up a teacher training place.
Great communication skills. You need to be capable of giving compelling lessons, but it’s not just about your students; you’ll also need to build relationships with their parents and your colleagues, including both teaching and support staff. You’ll need excellent written communication skills too, as you’ll need to prepare reports and letters on issues that relate to your pupils’ progress.
Great organisation skills. There’s a lot of administrative work involved in teaching, from planning lessons to tracking pupils’ development. You’ll need to be capable of staying on top of a demanding workload.
Genuine desire to bring out the best in other people. You need to be motivated to help children learn and fulfil their potential.
Resilience, energy, stamina and a willingness to shoulder responsibility. Teaching is both intellectually and emotionally demanding. You need to be capable of managing challenging behaviour, keeping up with marking and paperwork, handling stress and taking a caring, responsible approach to your pupils’ problems. On the plus side, you’ll have access to plenty of support. Also, if you are motivated to succeed, teaching can be a profoundly satisfying profession, as you can have a huge positive impact on the lives of individual children and the community around the school.
Flexibility and a willingness to adapt and get to grips with new developments. The teaching profession is subject to regular change, such as revisions to the national curriculum or the introduction of new qualifications or types of school. You’ll need to be able to adjust to change and commit to ongoing professional development