In order to work as a Primary School Teacher, there are certain qualifications that you will need. But equally important are the soft skills that you possess, which will help you take your teaching career from good to great.
If you’re patient, empathetic and enjoy spending time with young children you’re off to a good start. But you’ll also need strong leadership skills, a firm yet friendly manner and exceptional organisational skills. Your role will not only include teaching children a range of subjects, but helping them to develop their interests, abilities and coordination. Read more about the job description of a Primary School Teacher.
A great Primary School Teacher should exhibit the following soft skills:
“You need good time management skills to be a Primary School Teacher, as well as skills in English and maths,” says SEEK Learning Consultant Julia Nguyen. “Passion and patience are also a must.”
When thinking about becoming a teacher, you need to consider the ages of the students you’d most like to teach. Depending on the age of your students, the course that you’ll need to study and the traits that you’ll need to have can vary.
An Early Childhood Teacher looks after children aged three to eight and is similar to a Primary School Teacher who looks after children aged five to 12. Both roles require patience, imagination and the ability to create a warm atmosphere to encourage learning. To work in childcare, you must have a minimum of a Certificate III in early childhood education.
To work as a Primary School Teacher in Australia, you will need either a Bachelor degree in Primary Education or a postgraduate degree such as the Master of Teaching (Primary) to register as a teacher. Find out more about how to become a Primary School Teacher.
Junior Secondary Teachers work with children from Years 7 to 9 and are expected to deliver an innovative curriculum, master working with children going through adolescence and create a trusting and engaging environment in which to learn.
Senior Secondary Teachers look after teenagers aged 15 to 18 years and should have strong problem-solving skills, excellent planning and organisation skills and an ability to instil respect and positivity in the classroom.
According to the Australian Government’s Department of Employment, Primary School Teacher job openings are continuing to grow across most regions in Australia.
Out of all the states and territories, New South Wales and Victoria have the highest percentage share of employment at 31% and 26% respectively, according to the ABS Labour Force Survey. The ACT and Northern Territory have the smallest percentage, with 2% and 1% respectively.
The reasons why people choose a career in Primary School Teaching can be varied, but most cite a strong show a passion for teaching and helping children.
“Most people are inspired to become a Primary School Teacher because of the possibility of shaping the future generation through education,” says SEEK Learning Consultant Julia Nguyen.
People usually attracted to the role are those who have a family themselves or have childcare experience and are keen to focus their career on early learning and development. It is a job that offers both full-time and part-time employment, so the benefits for working mothers is that their work schedule will generally fit in around their children’s own school hours.
Working as a Primary School Teacher is not limited to a standard classroom format. In fact, many people go on to specialise in teaching kids with learning difficulties or special needs. Other opportunities can also lead to leadership roles, such as a Head of Department or Primary School Principal.