Help kids get the best start in life as a teacher

As a primary school teacher, you would be working with children aged between five and 11 years to give them the best possible start in life

You would be responsible for a class and would teach them all areas covered by the National Curriculum. You would also have a specialist subject and might have the help of a teaching assistant.

As well as teaching the class, tasks might include having to

l prepare lessons and teaching materials

l mark and assess children’s work

l put up displays in the classroom

l work with other professionals, such as education psychologists and social workers

l discuss children’s progress and other relevant matters with parents and carers

l go to meetings and training

l organise outings, social activities and sports events.

Teaching is for 39 weeks a year, usually from 9 am to 3.30 pm or 4 pm. Outside of these hours you will be preparing lessons, marking and assessing children’s work and taking part in activities such as outings, parent evenings and training.

The main salary (pay scale) is from £21,102 to £30,842 a year (£26,000 to £35,568 in inner London). Teachers who reach the top of the main pay scale can sometimes progress to a higher one, which is from £33,412 to £35,929 (£40,288 to £43,692 in inner London).

To be a primary or middle school teacher in a state school, you will need to do Initial Teacher Training (ITT) and get Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

There are four routes to ITT:

l undergraduate

l postgraduate

l School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT)

l work-based.

For all four routes you must have:

lGCSEs (A-C) in English, maths and a science subject or equivalent qualifications.

Check with course providers which qualifications they will accept or if there are any tests you can take

l passes in numeracy, literacy and information and communications technology (ICT) skills tests

l clearance by the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB).

It would also be helpful to you if you have experience of working with young children, either paid or voluntary.

For example, you could volunteer at a local school or holiday play scheme.