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Teaching primary

A primary teacher with pupils
If you're ambitious and want to embrace a rewarding and challenging new career, then primary teaching is an ideal choice.

You could forge a successful career by nurturing young minds, and have a huge influence on a child's academic future. Research shows that children who perform well in literacy and numeracy at age 7 go on to achieve at GCSE level.*

As a primary teacher, you'll also find that you're constantly developing and learning. Over time, you could progress to key stage head, a position in a senior leadership team, or even headteacher. In doing so, you could use your vision and experience to make a difference to the entire school.

If this sounds like something you'd be interested in, register with us now to receive a tailored programme of support and guidance.

Primary teachers work with children between the ages of 3 and 11 and teach all of the subjects in the national curriculum.

Dan Huxley explains why teaching primary is so important to children's development.

Primary school teachers are expected to demonstrate a sound, basic knowledge of all the subjects in the curriculum for key stages 1 and 2. A degree is required, though not in a specialised subject. Some training providers offer primary training with a subject specialism, such as PE or maths; entry criteria for these may stipulate certain degree subjects or other relevant professional experience.  

National curriculum subjects for key stages 1 and 2

Status Subject
Core subject English 
Non-core foundation subject

design and technology (D&T)

information and communication technology (ICT)
art and design
physical education (PE)

To view the national curriculum for all subjects visit the Department for Education website

*Duckworth, K. "What role for the three Rs? Progress and attainment during primary school" Centre for Research on the Wider Benefits of Learning (2007)

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