Saturday, 20th April 2019


Primary school teachers are employed by either state-funded or private institutions to care for, teach and help to develop the skills of children between the ages of 5 and 11 years old. Teachers plan lesson content and structure in line with the National Primary Curriculum which is divided between a range of elementary subjects, including English, Maths and Sciences and practical learning activities. They will also assist in the development of children’s social skills.

Primary teachers will often be responsible for a class of children for the duration of the school day, depending on the size of the school. This allows the children time to build relationships with both teachers and classmates and creates an environment of security and stability. They are in charge of organising and maintaining teaching aids, resources and school equipment and planning a diverse range of activities to motivate and stimulate children.

Teachers will need to check and mark work outside of school hours, monitor individual progress and communicate with parents on a regular basis. They are also responsible for disciplining children under their supervision where necessary and maintaining order both in the classroom and in the playground.

Primary school teachers may need to supervise extra-curricular activities and field trips away from the school. They may also be required to help organise and participate in school events, such as open days, parents evenings and sports days.

The job may also involve administrative tasks, such as keeping records, corresponding with external bodies and attending meetings with other teachers or administrators.