School Direct Primary

All Primary School Direct Training is carried out under the supervision of our lead school – Wath CofE Primary School in Rotherham

Primary school teacher

In this job you will be helping to give young children the best possible start in life. If you like spending time with young children, and want to work in education, a job as a primary school teacher could be perfect for you.

A primary school teacher needs to have enthusiasm for all the subjects they teach. You’ll need to be able to relate to pupils and their parents. You’ll also need patience and a good sense of humour!

It takes more than just educational qualifications to make a successful primary school teacher. It takes passion for the science and art of learning, dedication to your pupils of all social and economic backgrounds, and a whole lot of patience with yourself as much as with the children.


Most teaching jobs are in state schools but you could also work in independent schools, academies, pupil referral units, hospitals and schools run by the armed forces. Part-time and temporary teaching (supply teaching) is possible.

There has never been a better time to become a Primary School teacher. There are many initiatives to help you develop your skills and expertise at the ‘chalk face’ and there are also many opportunities for fast career progression.

The work

You would work with children aged between five and eleven in state and independent schools, and be responsible for their educational, social and emotional development while in your care.

You would teach subjects covered by the primary national curriculum at Key Stage 1 (ages 5 to 7) and Key Stage 2 (7 to 11) — subjects such as English, science, music and art. In some classes, you may have a teaching assistant to help you.

Depending on your qualifications and experience, you may work as a subject specialist teacher, where you would concentrate on a particular subject, for example maths or modern foreign languages.

As well as teaching you would:

  • plan lessons and teaching materials
  • mark and assess children’s work
  • manage class behaviour
  • work with other professionals, such as education psychologists and social workers
  • discuss children’s progress and other relevant matters with parents and carers
  • attend meetings and training
  • organise outings, social activities and sports events.
  • As a primary teacher, you could also work with children under the age of five (Early Years Foundation Stage) in settings like a children’s centre or a reception class in a school.