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Primary School Teacher

Teach and support the development of children at primary or intermediate schools.

Overview

Primary school teachers teach children between the ages of five and thirteen. They create learning experiences and materials to deliver a set curriculum and to support student mental, physical, intellectual and social development. They often lead extracurricular activities such as coaching sports teams or excursions.

Work is onsite at schools located in rural, suburban and urban areas. Work outside of school hours and travel for excursions are common.

Suitable for people with good communication skills and the ability to interact positively with children.

Day-to-day

  • plan and prepare classroom lessons, activities and excursions for primary school students
  • teach literacy, numeracy, social science, creative expression and physical education
  • participate in staff meetings, educational conferences and workshops
  • discuss individual progress and problems with students and parents, and seek advice from student counsellors and senior teachers
  • lead discussions and supervise work in class
  • prepare and mark tests, projects, homework and assignments to evaluate student progress
  • ensure discipline in classrooms and school areas
  • contribute to extra-curricular tasks such as sport, school concerts, excursions and special interest programs.

Considerations

  • stressful.

Occupation snapshot
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$1,801 / week
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To become a Primary School Teacher

  • A Bachelor of Education majoring in Primary Education is required.

    Find a Bachelor of Primary Education

  • If you already have a degree in a relevant field, you can complete a Graduate Diploma in Education to qualify.

    Search for a Graduate Diploma in Education

  • Registration with your state or territory education board and a valid a working with children check are required.

  • You will also need:

    • national police check
    • first aid certificate
    • training in anaphylaxis and/or asthma management.

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