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Primary school teacher

Primary school teachers are responsible for the educational, social and emotional development of children from age 5 to 11.

Potential salary

£24,373 to £40,490

Employment by 2024

+4.83%

Working hours

37 to 40 term time

  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • the ability to create the best conditions for learning or teaching new things
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • knowledge of English language
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

You will:

  • plan lessons and prepare teaching materials
  • set up the classroom, organise displays and resources
  • teach whole class lessons, work with small groups and do practical activities
  • direct the work of learning support and teaching assistants
  • mark and assess children's work
  • provide a safe and healthy environment and follow safeguarding procedures
  • update records
  • talk to parents and carers about their children's progress
  • work with other professionals like education psychologists and social workers
  • attend meetings and training
  • organise outings, after school clubs, school social activities and sports events

You could work at a school or at a pupil referral unit.

Your working environment may be physically and emotionally demanding.

You could teach pupils with special educational needs or move into pastoral care.

With experience, you could become a specialist leader of education, supporting teachers in other schools.

You could be a curriculum leader, deputy head and headteacher, or move into private tuition.

There are also opportunities to teach overseas in international schools.

You can discover more about how to become a teacher from Get Into Teaching.

You can also search for jobs through the Teaching Vacancies service.

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