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Primary School Teacher

Engage children with the learning process to develop their literacy and numeracy skills, and foster social, physical and emotional growth.

What's it like to be a Primary School Teacher?

Primary School Teachers educate children between the ages of 5 and 12. They use a prescribed curriculum to develop students’ literacy and numeracy skills, and foster social, physical and emotional growth.

Tasks and duties

  • Preparing lesson plans, teaching a full range of subject areas and assessing and evaluating students’ educational progress.
  • Maintaining productive working habits and discipline in the classroom and supervising students both in the classroom and outside during breaks.
  • Discussing students’ progress with parents and guardians as well as organising and supervising school activities such as excursions and camps.
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Subject areas within the curriculum include mathematics, English, science, technology, humanities and social science, arts, health and physical education.

Primary School Teachers use a variety of techniques to engage students with the learning process according to their age, level of ability and individual needs.

What can I earn as a Primary School Teacher?

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The most common annual salary in AUS for a Primary School Teacher is between $65k and $75k
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How to become a Primary School Teacher


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The minimum education requirement for becoming a Primary School Teacher is a Bachelor degree which typically takes 4 years. On completion of your studies, you must apply for your teaching registration to become a fully qualified teacher.

  1. Complete a degree in Primary Education, such as a Bachelor of Education (Primary), which will provide you with the knowledge needed to teach a full range of subjects and understand and engage students. You will also gain valuable experience through scheduled work placements.
  2. If you already have a Bachelor degree in another discipline then a postgraduate degree such as a Master of Education or Master of Teaching specialising in Primary Education is a good option. These degrees will also give you valuable work experience.
  3. To become a qualified teacher and find work in a school, you must be registered with your state’s Teacher Registration Authority. For more information on the specific requirements for registration please see your relevant state authority.

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Bachelor of Education (Primary)

This degree will give you the skills and knowledge to work as a Teacher in Primary Schools.

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Master of Teaching (Primary)

If you have already completed any undergraduate degree, this qualification will prepare you for a career as a primary teacher.

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Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood/Primary)

This qualification will prepare you to apply for roles as either a Early Childhood or Primary School Teacher.

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How do Primary School Teachers rate their role?

Latest reviews from 29 Primary School Teachers surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
3.3
Job satisfaction
3.9
Career progression opportunities
2.8
Job security
3.3
Pay / Salary
3.1
Variety of work
4.1

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Jan 2020
I love teaching but the paperwork has become overwhelming and principles and Experienced teachers not feeling Valued when they are replaced with graduates
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Education (Primary)
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
The good things
Working with children and as part of a team
The challenges
It is difficult to see the principal’s employer graduates over experienced teachers as The government has limited their budgets
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Jun 2018
CRT work, all the benefits without the stress!!!
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma teaching primary
Experience
1 - 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Primary teacher
The good things
Being a CRT means you are a still a teacher and what I trained to do and motivated me, but you don't have all the stress relating to planning, assessment, parents, meetings and teaching things that yo...
The challenges
The challenges are goi g to schools and classes you don't know and some behaviours can be stressful to deal with. Not getting paid on the holidays is another challenge but it is a casual job.
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What are the job opportunities for Primary School Teachers?

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