How do I become a……Primary School Teacher
If you enjoy spending time with children and you are enthusiastic about helping them learn and develop you could consider primary teaching as a career.
- Work with children aged between 5 -11
- Be responsible for their education plus their social and emotional development
- Teach subjects with an emphasis on Maths, English and Science. Other subjects such as history, geography, ICT, music, art, PE may also be taught.
- Plan lessons
- Mark children’s work and assess their progress
- Manage behavior in the classroom
- Meet with parents/carers to discuss their child’s progress
- Attend meetings and training
Class times can start around 8.30 – 9.15 am and finish around 3.15 – 4 pm. However teachers work outside these times on planning and marking work.
Teachers normally work for 39 weeks a year split over school terms
Main salary scale is £21,804 – £31,168 (more in London area) Teachers may be able to progress on to higher salaries.
Most people gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) by doing Initial Teacher Training. The routes are either:
- A degree at university which qualifies you to teach either a degree with QTS or a degree with Bed (ask for advice on these courses)
- A one year university course offering QTS following a non teaching degree course
- A work based programme ,training while working in a school
Qualifications and Experience needed
- GCSEs (A-C) in English, maths and a science subject or equivalent qualifications.
- Level 3 courses such as A levels or BTEC level 3 courses (high pass grades often required)
- At least two weeks experience of working with primary age children in a school or voluntary setting
- Passes in the numeracy and literacy skills tests (even if you have C grades in Maths and English)
- Criminal record check
Skills and Qualities
- Enthusiasm for teaching a variety of subjects
- Good organisational skills and be able to manage your time
- Be able to manage classes and deal with challenging behavior
- Have excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
- Patience and a sense of humour
- The ability to develop good relationships with the other staff you work with as well as parents and carers
- Be good at team working and working on your own
- Be able to use your initiative
- Hard working and willing to put in extra hours working outside the classroom
Where to find more information
University courses, Skills and knowledge description
UCAS – Teacher Training