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Primary school teacher Average UK Salary & Prospects

Primary school teachers are responsible for the educational, social and emotional development of children from age 5 to 11.

  • Teach basic skills, such as color, shape, number and letter recognition, personal hygiene, and social skills.  
  • Establish and enforce rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining order.  
  • Adapt teaching methods and instructional materials to meet students' varying needs and interests.  
  • Provide a variety of materials and resources for children to explore,
Read more about Primary school teacher

Primary school teachers typically work around 37 to 40 hours per week.

As a Primary school teacher you will typically work evenings.

This occupation tends to be:

  • Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
  • Artistic — Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done
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    * from ONETonline
    Average salary
    35,112 GBP *
    per year
    24,373 GBP
    40,490 GBP
    5+ Experience
    * data taken from the Office of National Statistics (
    Average salary for Primary school teacher

    Men make 9% more than Women
    22% of Primary school teachers are men
    • 37,836 GBP
    • 34,282 GBP
    Average salary for part-time Primary school teacher
    Average salary for full-time Primary school teacher

    • 20,610 GBP
    • 20,756 GBP
    • 19,641 GBP
    • 35,112 GBP
    • 34,282 GBP
    • 37,836 GBP
    Pay over time for Primary school teacher

    Pay for this role has increased over time
    • 34,277 GBP
    • 33,591 GBP
    • 34,435 GBP
    • 34,358 GBP
    • 34,934 GBP
    • 35,112 GBP

    Future outlook for Primary school teachers

    Very good outlook
    480 000+ jobs available
    Balanced outlook
    0% yearly wage growth (on average)
    Very good outlook
    22% chance of automation in the future

    Primary school teacher - Your future job?

    Which qualifications do I need?

    Find out what you need to know in order to become a Primary school teacher and the highest average level of education for people in this role.

    In terms of people already doing this job:

    • 29% of people in this role have GCSEs or equivalent
    • 17% of people in this role have a Bachelor's degree
    • 12% of people in this role have a certificate of higher education or equivalent but no degree

    You'll need:

    •  counselling skills including active listening and a non-judgemental approach  
    •  knowledge of psychology  
    •  knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses  
    •  knowledge of English language  
    •  sensitivity and understanding  
    •  patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations  
    •  the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure  
    •  to be flexible and open to change  
    • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

    Get the right qualification to begin your journey to becoming a Primary school teacher

    Teacher Training

    What soft skills do I need?

    Rise above the competition by brushing up on the 5 most important soft skills you need to become a Primary school teacher.
    Instructing Teaching others how to do something
    Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively
    Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times
    Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things
    Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions

    What technical skills do I need?

    Technical skills are programmes, softwares and things you need to know in order to be a successful Primary school teacher. Check that you know:
    Computer based training software Children's educational software
    Electronic mail software Email software
    Office suite software Microsoft Office
    Spreadsheet software Microsoft Excel
    Word processing software Microsoft Word
    Improve your skills today

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    Things to highlight for your Primary school teacher interview

    Integrity Job requires being honest and ethical. Self Control Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. Dependability Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. Concern for Others Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. Adaptability/Flexibility Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.

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