Primary Teaching

As a Primary Teacher, you will develop and nurture young children by the creation of exciting lessons plans that meet with curriculum objectives. You will be required to establish a relationship with the children, to ensure you create a safe, exciting and relaxed learning environment.

There are three levels within Primary schools in England that follow the National Curriculum.

Foundation Stage - nursery and reception (ages three to five)
Key Stage 1 - years one and two (ages five to seven)
Key Stage 2 – years three to six (ages seven to eleven)

Download and read through the National Curriculum to ensure you are aware and up to date on the latest requirements.

Qualifications, skills and experience required

The ideal candidate will have knowledge of the Primary education sector. You will also need:

  • Qualified Teachers Status is essential. You will have this if your degree is a Bachelor of Education (Bed) or a BA/BSC with QTS. If you do not, you can gain this through a PGCE or via teaching training centres
  • Excellent literacy and numeracy skills
  • Strong track record of raising levels of achievement and motivation
  • Energy, enthusiasm, stamina, patience, dedication, resilience and self-discipline
  • Imagination, creativity and a sense of humour
  • Initiative, leadership and supervisory skills and team working abilities
  • Ability to build strong relationships with children and parents
  • Support pupils to make progress through providing personalised experiences
  • Have excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Good judgement and an analytical mind
  • A valid DBS
  • The right to work in the UK
  • A minimum of two references
  • 1 year experience in a classroom environment is ideal but not essential

Hours of work and enviroment

Working as a Primary Teacher is a full time role. You will generally work 37 hours a week for 39 weeks a year which is split over 3 school terms. Hours vary from school to school but are usually from 8:30am to 4pm. However you will spend outside of your working hours planning lessons, marking work and participating in activities such as parent’s evening, trips, school inspections and training – which could mean you exceed your 37 hours a week.

The upside of working longer hours is that teachers do receive 13 weeks’ holiday per year.

Key Responsibilities

Your duties are the same for all levels of Primary schools:

  • Teaching all areas of the primary curriculum and keeping up to date with changes and developments
  • Taking responsibility for the progress of a class of primary-age pupils
  • Organising the classroom and learning resources including the ability to use IT and create displays to encourage a positive learning environment
  • Planning, preparing and presenting lessons that cater for the needs of the whole ability range within the class
  • Motivating pupils with enthusiastic, imaginative presentations
  • Maintaining discipline
  • Support the social and emotional development of pupils, reporting any issues as necessary
  • Preparing and marking work to facilitate positive pupil development
  • Meeting requirements for the assessment and recording of pupils' development
  • Providing feedback to parents and carers on a pupil's progress at parents' evenings and other meetings
  • Coordinating activities and resources within a specific area of the curriculum, and supporting colleagues in the delivery
  • Working with others to plan and coordinate work
  • Organising and taking part in school events, outings and activities which may take place at weekends or in the evening
  • Liaising with colleagues and working flexibly, particularly in smaller schools
  • Working with parents and school governors to maximise their involvement in the school and the development of resources for the school
  • Meeting with other professionals such as education welfare officers and educational psychologists, if required


The salary for a Primary Teacher is determined by the National Teachers Main Pay Scales. Your position on the pay scale depends on the area you work in, your qualifications and experience. As a guide you can expect to earn:

Entry MPS1 Experienced MPS3 Highly Experienced MPS6
Salary £23,720 to £29,664 £27,652 to £32,837 £35,008 to £40,372
Daily £120-£155 £140-£170 £180-£210

After gaining experience and expertise you have the opportunity to progress into leadership and head of year roles where salaries start at £36,646 and can rise to £116,738.

Note: Salary details are a guide only and obtained from ‘Main Pay Scales (2018/2019)’

Career path and progression

With experience and knowledge you will be able to progress into an array of senior roles including leadership and curriculum roles as well as deputy head and head teacher.