Of course, like with any subject there is an option to teach. As a primary school teacher my job would entail: teaching – both one on one and in groups; pastoral care; monitoring progress; administration; data care; planning; marking work; and of course hosting parents evenings. I would need to like working with children (which I do) and be patient; as everyone learns at a different pace; I would need to be observant and have presenting/teaching skills.
My route into this career would be through work experience. Often primary school teachers can be offered an assistant position through work experience; which will then lead onto a full teaching position. In terms of progressing, I could then move onto private schools, or become the head-teacher of a school. If I really wanted to be at the top, I could then move onto being an OFSTED inspector. To get a job like this, I would need a degree (in anything I please), and a PGCE (teaching qualification). I would also be subject to frequent CRB checks.
Primary school teaching is not limited geographically. Any town, city or village that has children will have a primary school. If I decide this career is one I’d like to pursue, or you would like to pursue it; the places to find more information would be:
- Work experience. You will learn a lot just watching a teacher in action and assisting in lessons (I know I did), it will give you a very good insight into how the job works.
- Speak to teachers. Email or call up your old teachers, or speak to the teachers while completing your work experience. If you have any friends or family that are in this line of work they would also be great to talk to.
- Online http://www.prospects.ac.uk is a really good site for giving you all of the information you need about a job