The Arts

Scotland’s schools encourage pupils to explore creative expression and offer a rich and varied programme of study in the creative Arts.

What’s involved?

Teaching in the Arts varies from school to school but tends to cover subject areas such as drama, dance, music and art and design. Many modern schools are also well equipped with state-of-the art studio spaces and technical equipment that enhances the creative scope and ambition of both pupils and teachers alike. Curriculum for Excellence also offers a multitude of ways that the expressive arts can be linked to other subject areas within the school.

Teacher training options in The Arts

  • Art and Design teachers must have a degree in art and design (or a similar subject) and a Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE).
  • Dance teaching tends to be delivered by teachers of physical education who either have a degree in a suitable sports subject (including dance) and a post-graduate PGDE qualification or they will have studied a degree that combines sport and education.
  • Drama teachers must have a degree in drama or theatre studies plus a Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE).
  • Music teachers need a degree in music plus a Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) OR a degree that combines music and education.

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Cheryl Mackenzie – Music Teacher at Aith Junior High School

“I enjoyed my previous job as a youth worker but it didn’t offer the same challenge and continual development of myself that I felt I needed. A teaching career seemed like the ideal choice and I wanted to raise awareness of the importance of music as a subject.

"No two days are ever the same. I need to be organised and ready for lessons but also adaptable and able to change tack if required. I listen to the pupils and what they want to learn then I try to incorporate it into lessons.

"If you are someone who really responds to continually developing yourself then consider teaching. You meet loads of amazing young people and work closely with them to help them achieve in school and develop skills they can apply later in life. If you have a passion for your subject and you want to share it, this is the perfect vocation."

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