A Drama Teacher teaches the next generation of emerging theatre makers. The role of a Drama Teacher is to teach and support students through important stages of their time at secondary school including their GCSEs and A-Levels.
To become a Drama Teacher, you will need to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in England and Wales or a Teacher Qualification (TQ) in Scotland and there are a number of ways to do this:
If your degree does not give you a QTS qualification, you can complete the following:
Alternatively you can complete one of the following postgraduate routes into teaching:
Your degree must be related to drama if you want to become a Drama Teacher. All Drama Teachers will also have to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before they can work in schools with children and young people to ensure the children’s safety.
On-the-job training for Drama Teachers involves doing Initial Teacher Training (ITT) which is made up of 18 weeks of practical training within a school.
Newly-qualified Teachers (NQT) go through a probationary period in their first year as a Teacher which is assessed over three school terms. This assessment process involves individual professional development under supervision and evaluation against current national curriculum standards. Throughout your career you can progress to head of department, move into a senior management role, or gain recognition as an Advanced Skills Teacher (AST).
Newly qualified teachers start their careers between £21k and £22k per year if they work outside of London. Newly qualified teachers who work in London can earn between £22k and £27k depending on where they’re located. Through your career your salary can increase to £31k per year outside of London or £36k per year in London. Some Teachers can eventually become Advanced Skills Teachers and these Teachers have the potential to earn between £38k and £64k in London and between £37k and £59k outside London.
Published: 23 October 2019