Primary school teacher

Primary School Teachers help children develop the intellectual and social skills they need to be ideal members of society. These teachers create lesson plans and facilitate learning with pupils by establishing a positive relationship. They also organise the classroom learning environment and learning resources. Primary school teachers focus on children ages 5-12 years old and encourage and inspire children to deepen their understanding/knowledge and develop themselves.

Duties and tasks

  • Craft and develop lesson plans to meet curriculum objectives in all primary areas
  • Educate and inspire children from 5-12 years old, depending on the Foundation/Key Stage level
  • Maintain discipline in the classroom
  • Provide feedback to parents on students progress during parents events and private meetings (when necessary)
  • Take responsibility for the progress of a class and meet teaching requirements for any assessments they may take
  • Work within a school system and under a particular set of rules

Skills required

  • A caring nature, passion for teaching, good sense of humor, commanding presence
  • A large amount of patience
  • Ability to work within a confined set of rules/teaching requirements
  • Excellent organisation skills
  • Formal education/ training and apprenticeship/on-the-job training

Working conditions

Primary School Teachers work inside in typically comfortable environments. They work a bit longer than a normal school day as they come in before and leave shortly after students. They may also work duties in addition to classroom work, such as monitoring school sports and activities, in school libraries, on field trips, etc. They are expected to attend staff meetings, school events, etc., but usually have a majority of the summer months off.

Professional associations / Industry information

Department of Education (WA) 

Department of Education and Training (ACT) 

NSW Teachers Federation 

Queensland College of Teachers 

Teachers Registration Board of South Australia 

Victorian Institute of Teaching 

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