As a primary school teacher, you will be teaching children between the ages of 5 to 11 years of age in a variety of subjects in a creative and engaging way. Types of primary schools could be Academies, Independent schools, Faith schools or state-run schools.
All primary school teachers need a creative approach to engaging children in primary years, so preparation and lesson planning is key. This can be a challenge for primary school teachers on supply, for short term assignments or those last-minute supply teaching vacancies, when you need to have ready your own learning materials and teaching plans which will need to be age appropriate and in keeping with the school’s academic targets. Establishing as much information about the class you are going to teach before you even arrive at the school is paramount, as well as gaining further details on the day about any individual development needs.
You may have the opportunity depending on your length of assignment, especially if doing medium to long term supply teaching or be in a permanent job, to engage in extra duties as well as assessing children’s abilities and progress. However, normal teaching hours will follow the school’s timetable, although most teachers start earlier and end their working day much later than their scheduled lessons. As a supply teacher it is essential you arrive early to orientate yourself and gather information, especially if you are doing a same day or short-term assignment.
In order to become a primary school teacher, you will need to hold either a Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or a Certificate in Education (PGCE); or the equivalent if you have trained in Scotland or abroad. If you do more than 20 days of teaching per year, you are required to do 20 hours of training/CPD (Continued Professional Development), however, keeping up to date is also good practice. As a supply teacher this may be a challenge, as permanent primary school teachers will access opportunities provided by their school. However, your dedicated Education Recruitment Consultant can advise or direct you to free available courses and discuss your career development.
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