Secondary Schools


Senior leadership

A school's leadership team is often referred to as the SLT (Senior Leadership Team) or SMT (Senior Management Team). As the decision-making body, they're integral to a school's success and strategic direction.

At Clarus Education, we spend considerable time getting to know client schools and working in partnership with their leadership teams and school governors. This provides us with a unique insight into the depth of skills and strengths required to be an effective and successful member of the SLT/SMT, with a clear understanding of what's needed to be the ‘right fit’.

We recruit for Senior Leadership/Management Team positions within all school environments across Primary, Secondary and Special Needs. Whether your leadership strength is in teaching and learning, assessment, pastoral or curriculum-based, we'll find you the perfect position to match your expectations and requirements.

For advice on senior roles, get in touch to discuss your options and ambitions.

  • Senior Leadership Team Positions
  • Head Teacher
  • Deputy Head Teacher
  • Assistant Head Teacher
  • School Business Manager / Bursar
  • Special Needs Coordinator (SENCo)


Middle management

As class teachers progress through their careers, additional responsibilities often become part of the job; whether it be school-wide or departmental. These opportunities facilitate more experience and allow class teachers to climb the ladder of career progression into middle management.

Depending on the size of the secondary school, a position with additional responsibility may come with a TLR payment (Teaching & Learning Responsibility). The weight of a TLR will depend on the scale of responsibility given, which is often determined by the importance placed on the role itself, size of school, department or phase.

If you're seeking a position of additional responsibility such as Head of Department or Phase Leader, you're in the right place. 

So, if you want to take the next step in developing your teaching career, or simply want to speak to an advisor regarding your career progression options, get in touch with a member of our team today.    

Types of roles we place are:

  • Subject Coordinator / Leader
  • Key Stage Coordinator
  • Phase Leader
  • Head of Department

Class teachers

Secondary school subject teacher

The role of a secondary school teacher has become more complex, as new teaching methods and resources have been introduced and developed. Over the course of the academic year, teachers are tasked with preparing pupils for qualifications and external examinations, whilst managing pupil behaviour, undertaking pastoral duties, and supporting children through academic and personal difficulties.

To ensure teaching standards are maintained, teachers undergo regular observations, participating in regular training through INSET and CPD, and contributing towards the training and development of trainee teachers and NQTs. The introduction and support of subject-specific teaching assistants have become a welcome addition to the classroom and have strengthened the focus on raising attainment, providing dedicated pupil support on a 1:1 and small group basis.

London secondary schools have become very diverse learning environments, catering for pupils of differing abilities, aged 11-16yrs and 11-18yrs. Clarus Education partner and support a number of secondary schools, from voluntary-aided faith schools and state-maintained comprehensives through to outstanding academies.

If you're looking to take the next step in your teaching career, get in touch with our expert team today.

Class teachers

Our class teacher vacancies include all subject specialisms across the secondary curriculum, including the following subjects:

  • Art & Design
  • Business & Economics
  • Citizenship & PSHE
  • Drama
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • ICT
  • Maths
  • Media & Film Studies
  • Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Psychology
  • Religious Education
  • Science
  • Sociology
  • Technology

Secondary NQT

Secondary teachers are subject specialists, so as an NQT / ECT, ensuring your subject knowledge is strong and in-depth is key to your development throughout teacher training, as well as securing your first permanent post. As an NQT / ECT you should feel at ease teaching across Key Stage 3 and 4 (potentially Key Stage 5) and confident in dealing with challenges such as difficult behaviour.

Every school will be different with many factors contributing to your experience. Your journey to the school, lesson observation, and meeting your potential line manager and Head of Department can all impact your decision.

When preparing for your interview, be thorough. Get the basics right and have confidence in your ability. Schools are looking for NQT / ECT’s with real potential, those who show promise and can add value to their team.

Due to COVID and the impact on your training and placements, the government have tweaked the induction, coming into effect from the 1st September 2021.

What’s new – the following key changes have been made:

  • The term early career teacher (ECT) replaces newly qualified teacher (NQT).
  • The standard length of induction has been increased from one school year to two school years.
  • In addition to the 10% timetable reduction that ECTs receive in their first year of induction, ECTs will also receive a 5% timetable reduction in the second year of induction.
  • Schools are expected to deliver an induction period that is underpinned by the ECF – Early Career Framework. Appropriate bodies will have a role in checking that an ECF-based induction is in place.
  • The role of the mentor has been introduced. The mentor will have a key role in supporting the ECT during induction and is separate to the role of the induction tutor.
  • There will be two formal assessment points, one midway through induction, and one at the end of the induction period. These will be supported by regular progress reviews to monitor progress, to take place in each term where a formal assessment is not scheduled.


For more information and insight, take a look through the 2021 government guidance.

With a 2-year induction, please take your time and ensure you choose the right school… You'll know when you've found the right school.

We have vacancies for:

  • Secondary Subject NQT/ECT (KS3, 4 & 5)

Graduates & teaching assistants


The role of a teaching assistant has developed over the years, placing more importance and emphasis on their responsibilities and impact.

Secondary schools can deploy their teaching assistants in either a broad, more general capacity or dedicated to a specific department/ subject.

The role itself will dictate what key stage or year group you work within. It is worth familiarising yourself with the key stages and year groups, before applying to specific roles.

Key Stage 3 – Years 7 – 9 (Aged 11 – 14yrs)

Key Stage 4 – Years 10 & 11 (Aged 14 – 16yrs) – GCSE

Key Stage 5 – Years 12 & 13 (Aged 16 – 19yrs) – A-Level

All teaching assistants will need to have a strong academic background, supported by confidence and a genuine interest in education and learning.

Graduates & teaching assistants

Clarus Aspirations

Clarus Aspirations is a graduate attraction initiative, developed by our team, with schools, graduates and children in mind.

In response to the demand for such talented individuals across the various fields within education, we've made real strides in supporting the training and development of aspirational graduates.

Built around quality and consistency, it ensures invaluable classroom exposure and experience for the entire academic year to attract graduates with genuine career aspirations within education.

Being one of our Clarus Aspirations graduate teaching assistants can be a testing yet rewarding position. Responsibilities May include: supporting pupils in and out of class, working 1:1 / 2:1 and in small groups.

If you have your sights set on training to become a secondary teacher, become one of our Clarus Aspirations Graduates today - call us on: 0203 805 3430 or email – we are recruiting now.

Back office and administrative

The operational support at any secondary school is fundamental to its smooth-running. Within an environment that requires uncompromisingly high standards in regards to security and vetting, the back office support and administrative staff in all secondary schools need to be organised, efficient and alert.

Each secondary school is different, with varying demands in skillset across all positions within ‘Back Office and Administrative’. Our vacancies for these particular positions will clearly highlight the particular qualifications and experience required to apply; whether it’s knowledge of SIMS or a CIPD qualification.

Our back-office support positions cover all levels of responsibility, from the front of house administrative staff through to leadership team support and assistants.

Back office & administrative positions:

  • Back Office & Administrative
  • Headteachers PA
  • Office Manager
  • Office Administrator
  • Finance Officer
  • Receptionist