My Ideal Career Caitlin mcgleenan

Job Family - Social

When I am older I would like to be a primary school teacher. The Job Family that I fall under is Social. Social means you may be the kind of person who enjoys helping or caring for others.

Skills/ Qualities/ Values Job requires

To be successful, a great teacher must have an Engaging Personality and Teaching Style. Clear Objectives for Lessons. Effective Discipline Skills. Good Classroom Management Skills. Good Communication with Parents. High Expectations. Knowledge of Curriculum and Standards. Knowledge of Subject Matter

Subjects Needed


To become a primary school teacher, you'll need:- GCSEs (grade A* to C) in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualifications, passes in numeracy and literacy skills tests, some school experience to support your application, enhanced background checks by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

If you have a degree, you can train through a postgraduate teacher training course. There are 2 main routes: school-led and university-led. Both provide you with the practical skills and knowledge needed for teaching, but are delivered differently.

If you don’t have a degree, you can qualify by taking a course that awards qualified teacher status (QTS).

Typical hours worked

37 hours per week

What you have to do on the job

Day-to-day tasks may include planning lessons and preparing teaching materials, marking and assessing children's work, providing a safe and healthy environment, keeping records, discussing children's progress with parents and carers, working with other professionals like education psychologists and social workers, attending meetings and training, organising outings, social activities and sports events. You may also work with under 5s in a children’s centre or a reception class in a primary school.

Teacher reading a book to her class

How much of this is in the classroom?

Teaching hours are a minority of a teachers' workload, . A primary school teacher will spend on average 19 hours a week of timetabled teaching. It's similar for secondary school classroom teachers, averaging 19.6 hours.For secondary head teachers, it stretches to an average of 63.3 hours per week - the longest of any of the teaching jobs. Primary classroom teachers worked longer hours - 59.3 hours - than their secondary school counterparts, who worked for 55.7 hours per week. The hours in a secondary academy were slightly less, at 55.2 hours.


Salaries for primary teachers in Ireland depend mainly on seniority (i.e. holding the position of principal, deputy principal or assistant principal), experience and qualifications. Extra pay is also given for teaching through the Irish language, in a Gaeltacht area or on an island. The basic pay for a starting teacher is €27,814 p.a., rising incrementally to €53,423 for a teacher with 25 years service. A principal of a large school with many years experience and several qualifications (M.A., H.Dip., etc.) could earn over €90,000.

Place of work

My old primary school

I would really like to work in Saint Jarlath's Primary School in Blackwatertown as its close to home and I also went to primary school there.

Who was the first woman to become a teacher

Elizabeth Blackwell

1849 Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman in the world to receive a medical degree. 1850 The Female (later women's) Medical college was founded in Pennsylvania. 1850 Harriet Bishop, St. Paul, Minnesota's first school teacher opened a Female Seminary.


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