Primary School Teacher
“This is a vocation, not just a job. Empathy, patience and dedication is required."
For many of us, Primary School Teachers gives us our first real experience of education. So one of their main priorities is to ensure we get off to the right start. They focus on developing pupils aged between 5-11 years teaching subjects covered by the Primary national curriculum. Oh what I would give to go back to Primary school!
Depending on your experience, a Primary School teacher can specialise in a particular subject, such as a modern foreign language, teaching at Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2. Whatever subject or level, you’ll find them be responsible for the following:
- Preparing and delivering engaging lessons of pupils of different ages and abilities
- Marking work and giving personal feedback to pupils for their own development
- Managing and influencing a large group of pupils and their classroom behaviour
- Attending Parents Evenings to discuss pupils’ development in their studies and grades
- Keeping up-to-date with new subject knowledge and curriculum doing necessary research and training
- Organising extracurricular activities and outings stimulate a better learning experience
Key Skills & Characteristics
A Primary School Teacher should:
- Possess excellent communication skills being able to explain information in a clear manner
- Be approachable whilst having strong interpersonal skills
- Be disciplined, patient and adaptable
- Be creative when preparing and delivering interesting lessons
- Have good organisation, time management and planning skills
- Be energetic and motivated to help students in their education
To be a Primary School Teacher, obtaining Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in England and Wales or a Teaching Qualification (TQ) in Scotland is a must. There are many options available to achieve just that, such as:
- Studying a Bachelor of Education or a degree with QTS or TQ
- Postgraduate Certificate in Secondary Education (PGCE) or Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) for Scotland
- Teach First
- School-centred initial teacher training (SCITT)
- School Direct
Rebecca, who works as a Teacher, studied a degree in Psychology, then obtained her PGCE.
Work experience is also essential. During your early days, it may be worth volunteering or shadowing teachers. Naseem even mentions that being a parent, helped her become a successful Teacher.
Primary School Teacher
Head of Key Stage
Deputy Head Teacher
Advice From Our Experts
“This is a vocation, not just a job. Empathy, patience and dedication is required - ability to manage tasks and prioritise duties is essential.”
- Naseem, Teacher, on what it takes to become a successful Teacher.
“Remember the reason you went into the profession in the first place. The hours are long and people underestimate how much extra work in the evenings and weekends there are. Look at the bigger picture always.”
- Rebecca, Teacher, on getting through the stressful times.
- Rewarding – Great feeling being able to inspire and help pupils to improve
- Variety – No two days are the same working with pupils
- Flexibility – You are able to use your creativity and personal twist to deliver lessons
- Long hours – Marking can take a lot of your free time
- Challenging pupils – Students that are unwilling to cooperate in class can be stressful
- High pressure – High expectations from parents and standards makes the job quite high pressured