The national curriculum applies to pupils of compulsory school age in community and foundation schools, including community special schools and foundation special schools, and voluntary controlled schools.
The statutory subjects that all pupils must study are art and design, citizenship, design and technology, English, geography, history, information and communication technology, mathematics, modern foreign languages, music, physical education and science. The teaching of careers education, sex education and religious education is also statutory.
Guidance for teaching to GCSE Level
As a secondary teacher, you will be required to teach groups up to exam level. This may be GCSE, A Level or NVQ Level. You will be expected to have a thorough knowledge of the schemes of work for your subject area and the expectations of the appropriate exam board. You will be required to make a major contribution to the preparation of the exam.
Primary and secondary classrooms have changed radically over the last few years. Effective classroom and behaviour management is one of the major concerns of schools and of supply teachers. As a supply teacher, you may find it difficult to walk into a new classroom, full of pupils you have never met before, and to manage successfully the behaviour, and therefore the learning, of those pupils. From the point of view of the school, staff may be concerned that supply teachers would not be able to maintain sufficient discipline for learning to take place.