Primary school teacher - The Student Room

The role of the Primary school teacher is to work with children between the ages of 4 and 11 years. They are responsible for teaching either a number of, or every, area of the National Curriculum.

In England and Wales, this will most likely mean covering Key Stage 1 (5 – 7 years) and Key Stage 2 (7 – 11 years).


Key responsibilities as a primary teacher:

  • Ensuring the optimal development of children, both socially and academically.
  • Preparation and delivery of lessons that cater to the wide ranging abilities of the class.
  • Instill interest to learn, through enthusiastic and motivating presentation of lessons.
  • Recording and monitoring student progression.
  • Meeting with carers/parents giving feedback regarding child’s performance.
  • Organising activities, classroom displays and class trips
  • Ensuring the curriculum is covered and up to date.
  • Prepare pupils for secondary education and examinations.

A good primary teacher ...:


  • Whilst potentially specialising in a particular subject, are able to teach all areas of the primary curriculum.
  • Passionate attitude towards imaginative teaching.
  • Patient and well mannered.
  • Strong communication and organisation skills.
  • Ability to maintain discipline and deal with difficult behaviour
  • Remains up to date with latest schemes, curriculum and learning methods.
  • Work well in a team, specifically for in smaller schools where compromise may be necessary.