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Primary Teaching

Information about Primary Teaching

Why teach in a Primary School?


A primary teaching job is undoubtedly one of the most rewarding careers that you can have. Not only do you have the pleasure of working with young children, but it’s near enough impossible to get bored as every day is different. The role varies massively depending on the pupils, the school you are working for and the subjects which are being taught.

One of the most gratifying aspects of being a primary school teacher is the knowledge that what you are teaching these children will help them to develop skills that they will continue to build on for the rest of their lives.

What does primary teaching involve?


Primary teachers work with children between the ages of three and eleven and are required to teach all of the subjects which are in the national curriculum. This means that anybody looking for a primary teaching role needs to have good, basic knowledge of all these subjects for key stages 1 and 2.

Anybody who wants to be a primary school teacher will need to be fairly organised, good at planning and have a lot of patience as working with young children can be very challenging. As well as this you need to be reasonably fit and be able to communicate effectively in written and spoken English.

Typical responsibilities of a primary school teacher include:

  • Preparing lesson plans and then teaching what you have organised
  • Marking and assessing work which you have assigned
  • Working and liaising with other industry professionals as well as parents and carers
  • Attending staff meetings and any training courses which my be required

What qualifications are needed for primary teaching?


To become a primary school teacher in a state run school, you must achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) by completing your Initial Teacher Training (ITT). There are several ways to do this but the basic entry requirements include:

  • A – C grade GCSE Maths, English and Science (or the equivalent)
  • You are likely to be asked to complete basic literacy, numeracy and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) tests
  • Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) clearance is absolutely necessary before working in a school

A good source of information for anybody who is thinking about becoming a primary school teacher is to talk to someone who already has experience in this role. They will be able to give you great advice about training, how to prepare yourself and tell you everything you need to know about finding a teaching job.


How Eteach can help you find Primary Teaching jobs


Every school varies when it comes to what they’re looking for in a primary school teacher. The best way to prepare yourself for this is to make sure that you have a strong and up to date CV. If you are not sure if your current CV is up to scratch, you can read our CV tips in our staffroom section which will tell you everything you need to know about creating a quality CV.

Eteach has created Regional and School Talent Pools which have been designed to save schools money and to make job hunting easier for candidates. If there’s a particular school or area that you want to work in, simply join that Talent Pool and then the relevant schools will be able to access your CV even if they’re not currently recruiting. This puts you one step ahead of other job seekers because rather than searching for candidates when vacancies do arise, schools will naturally go to their Talent Pool first as they will already have a selection of CVs waiting for them.

Finally, you can keep up to date with the latest job postings on Eteach by signing up to receive job alerts. Simply Register on Eteach and create your own My Eteach account to subscribe to these. This means that you’ll be the first to know when vacancies you have expressed an interest in arise. This saves you time because instead of you looking for jobs, jobs find you.