Education & Training

Primary School Teacher

Primary school teachers teach younger children to develop numeracy, literacy, social and emotional skills.

  • Entry-level education

    Bachelor’s degree

  • Job outlook

    1 2 3 4 5

What does a Primary School Teacher do?

Primary school teachers teach younger children to develop numeracy, literacy, social and emotional skills.


Work activities

As a primary school teacher, you would::

  • teach a wide range of subjects, including reading and writing, maths and science, creative arts, personal development, health and physical education
  • prepare lessons and teaching materials based on the relevant curriculum guidelines
  • mark and evaluate classroom study and homework
  • support, observe and record the progress of classes
  • encourage a healthy learning culture
  • manage pupil behaviour and deal with any issues that arise
  • work closely with other professionals such as social workers or educational psychologists
  • meet with parents and carers to discuss their child's progress
  • attend meetings and training courses
  • plan and take outings, social activities and sports events as appropriate to the curriculum
  • undertake required continuing professional development (CPD).

Key skills and interests

To become a primary school teacher, you would need:

  • a passion for helping children learn
  • excellent communication skills
  • good numerical, grammatical and spelling skills
  • the ability to develop good working relationships with children, parents, and carers
  • good teamwork skills
  • patience and flexibility
  • able to designing learning which motivates children
  • good organisational and time management skills
  • the ability to deal with challenging behaviour.

Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

In a full-time role, you would normally work a standard number of hours during the week, Your working hours outside of school hours would vary depending on the type of setting you work in and what classes you teach.


You would work in government, catholic or independent schools, teaching children aged from 5 years upwards. You would also spend time outside of your standard teaching hours planning, preparing and assessing activities, and attending parents' evenings and training sessions.


How to become an Primary School Teacher?

Entry Level Education

To become a primary school teacher you would either complete a degree in primary education or primary school teaching or, you can complete a degree with in a relevant study area followed by a postgraduate qualification specialising in primary education.

Minimum standards apply in some States for senior secondary school results, including in English, for applicants wanting to undertake an accredited undergraduate teaching degree.

On successful completion of your degree, you would also need to be accredited by the board of studies in your State.


Job outlook

  • 1 2 3 4 5

Employment of primary school teachers is projected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations.

Employment growth will come from population growth and subsequent increases in student enrolments.


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