Primary school teachers look after the educational, social, physical and emotional development of children from ages 5 to 11.
There will be
4% more Primary school teacher jobs in 2023.
In your local area
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:
You may also work with under 5s in a children's centre or a reception class in a primary school.
To become a primary school teacher, you'll need:
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, a student loan or a tax-free bursary if you teach primary maths.
Get Into Teaching has more information on the support available, including £26,000 tax-free bursaries if you teach at secondary level.
Starter salary: £22,917 to £33,824, increasing to £39,006 in inner London
Experienced salary: £35,927 to £38,633, increasing to £47,298 in inner London
Your salary will depend on many factors including location, responsibilities, seniority and class size. Get Into Teaching offers more details about salaries.
These figures are a guide.
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.
You could specialise in teaching pupils with special educational needs or move into pastoral care. With experience, you could become a specialist leader of education (SLE) supporting teachers in other schools.
You could also progress to curriculum leader, deputy head and head teacher, or become a private tutor.
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