Primary School Teacher


Primary school teachers look after the educational, social, physical and emotional development of children from ages 5 to 11.



You will need:

  • GCSEs grade 9 to 4 (A* to C) in English, Maths and Science, or equivalent qualifications;
  • passes in Numeracy and Literacy skills tests;
  • some school experience¬†to support your application;
  • enhanced background checks by the¬†Disclosing and Barring Service (DBS).
  • If you have a degree, you can train through a postgraduate teacher training course. There are 2 main routes: school-led and university-led. Both provide you with the practical skills and knowledge needed for teaching, but are delivered differently.
  • If you don’t have a degree, you can qualify by taking a course that awards qualified teacher status (QTS).
  • Financial support is available to train as a primary school teacher. Depending on the route you take, you could get a salary, a bursary, or a student loan.

You will need the following skills:

  • the ability to inspire and motivate;
  • creativity to design activities and materials;
  • IT, organisational and planning skills;
  • the ability to manage classes and deal with challenging behaviour.



  • Most teaching jobs are in state schools and academies, but you could also work in independent schools, pupil referral units and hospitals.¬† You could also register with an agency to provide supply cover for other teachers.
  • You’ll teach subjects in the primary national curriculum at Key Stage 1 (ages 5 to 7) and Key Stage 2 (ages 7 to 11).¬† Subjects include English, maths, science, music and art.
  • With experience you could develop a specialism in a particular subject like computing or art and design.
  • Your day-to-day tasks may include:

     *  planning lessons and preparing teaching materials;

¬†¬†¬†¬† *¬† marking and assessing children’s work;

     *  providing a safe and healthy environment;

     *  keeping records;

¬†¬†¬†¬† *¬† discussing children’s progress with parents and carers;

     *  working with other professionals like education psychologists and social workers;

     *  attending meetings and training;

     *  organising outings, social activities and sports events.


  • You may also work with under 5s in a children’s centre or a reception class in a primary school.

The following is a guide only:

  • starter: ¬£22,500 to ¬£33,000, increasing to ¬£38,000 in inner London;
  • experienced: ¬£35,500 to ¬£38,250, increasing to ¬£47,000 in inner London;
  • highly Experienced: ¬£39,000 to ¬£59,250, increasing to ¬£66,750 in inner London;
  • Your salary will depend on many factors including location, responsibilities, seniority and class size.


Working Conditions

  • You’ll usually work 37 hours a week for 39 weeks a year, split over 3 school terms.
  • You’ll spend additional time planning lessons, marking work and taking part in activities like parents’ evenings and outings.

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