An image of a primary school 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.

This video of Stephen Webb, Deputy Headteacher at All Saints Primary School in Manchester, shows a typical day in the life of a primary teacher.

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)
modern foreign languages (MFL)
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)